Indiana Recovery Alliance
The Indiana Recovery Alliance (IRA) is a comprehensive, harm reduction program located in Monroe County, Indiana. A current HIV outbreak and Hepatitis C epidemic has been found to be directly associated to the lack of access to drug use harm reduction supplies. Although the state has legalized harm reduction, it has also prohibited itself from funding projects that address this need.
The IRA calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive, provision of services and resources to people who use drugs and the communities in which they live in, to assist them in reducing the risks of self-harm. They ensure that drug users and those with a history of drug use routinely have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them.
The IRA affirms users themselves as the primary agents of change, hold them accountable for working to reduce the harms of their drug use, and seeks to empower them to share information and support each other in strategies which meet their actual conditions of use. They recognize that the realities of poverty, class, racism, social isolation, past trauma, sex-based discrimination, and other social inequalities affect both people’s vulnerability to and capacity for effectively dealing with drug-related harm.
In their current initiative, the IRA is focusing their efforts on advancing harm reduction policies, practices and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. They will also distribute materials throughout the community, and surrounding counties in an outreach vehicle 7 days a week.
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GRANT AWARD DATE: October 11, 2015