"Shane Sullivan, HIPS Community Outreach Specialist, wrote a piece on Medium about the need for Washington, DC's first safe consumption space. [Read More]
"Highlighting naloxone access within the past couple of years has forced us to acknowledge the painful reality that we’ve already lost so many DC residents to preventable overdoses. We need to name that for what it is: a systematic failure of people who use drugs, particularly those most vulnerable due to racism, poverty, disability, and related social factors."
Cyndee Clay started with HIPS, an organization that serves people involved in street economies, as a volunteer in college. Today she's the organization's executive director. As HIPS prepares to celebrate its 25th year, she and City Paper's Housing Complex reporter Andrew Giambrone talked about D.C.'s opioid crisis, issues facing the transgender community, and HIPS' approach of not judging their clients on what they're doing, but rather helping them prevent harm. [Listen Here]