Turning the Tide on the Overdose Epidemic in Saint Louis

Originally published to the December, STR/SOR Newsletter Tue, January 29th 1:10 PM

Harm Reduction Advocate and Activist for the Black Community: Dr. Kanika Turner

Photo by DFerg Productions. 2019

Photo by DFerg Productions. 2019

Targeting the most at-risk neighborhoods in Saint Louis, Dr. Turner is bringing Narcan education into church congregations and helping to shine a light on racial disparities surrounding the philosophy of harm reduction and access to care. With her enthusiastic approach to outreach efforts, clinical practice, community building, and harm reduction education, Dr. Turner is bringing not just hope and healing to the Black communities of Saint Louis, but the idea that recovery is for everyone.

Dr. Turner's campaign for addressing and dismantling racial inequalities regarding access to care follows a three point format:    Acknowledge: our history of racial discrimination in our society’s approach to drug use and consequences.  Apologize: for our role in perpetuating disparities in access to effective and life-saving services for African Americans.  Activate: our collective resources, knowledge, and skills in now providing addiction care to those who have been left out in the past.

Dr. Turner's campaign for addressing and dismantling racial inequalities regarding access to care follows a three point format:

Acknowledge: our history of racial discrimination in our society’s approach to drug use and consequences.

Apologize: for our role in perpetuating disparities in access to effective and life-saving services for African Americans.

Activate: our collective resources, knowledge, and skills in now providing addiction care to those who have been left out in the past.

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