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Saturday, March 24 • 3:30pm - 4:55pm
Women of Substance

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Many drug laws and policies over the past twenty years have had specific, devastating, and disparate effects on women, and particularly on women of minority backgrounds.There is a higher likelihood that women drug users will provide sex in exchange for housing, sustenance, and protection; suffer violence from sexual partners; and have difficulty insisting that their sexual partners use condoms. Women drug users may also rely on men to inject them with drugs and to acquire drugs and injection equipment, a behavior shown to increase the likelihood of injection with contaminated equipment. Fundamentally, women have different motivations to enter both drug use and drug treatment and in the personal dynamics that play a part in treatment success.  Despite evidence of important differences in drug use experiences and access to harm reduction services for women and men, gender-sensitive interventions have not been fully integrated in harm reduction. In this workshop, we’ll focus on the unique experiences of women who use drugs and their stories.

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Margaret Bordeaux

NCHRC
Margaret Bordeaux, a Wilmington native and HIV/AIDS case manager, helps NCHRC organize HIV+ &/or Hepatitis C+ people, as well as people impacted by the war on drugs in the community and places where incarcerated people reside.  Margaret also runs the Wilmington area volunteer pro... Read More →
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Sue Purchase

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Sue Purchase has twenty plus years of experience in harm reduction, as it relates to drug use, overdose, and the prevention of HIV, Hepatitis, and other blood-borne related illnesses. She was first introduced to the concept of harm reduction in the late 80’s while navigating he... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:55pm
ROOM E Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center