2021.03.25 and 2021.03.26 | Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Programs


12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | March 25 and 26, 2021 | Duncan Dwyer


SKU: 98 Category:


12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | March 25 and 26, 2021| 3 contact hours or up to 3 CME

March 25, 2021

This workshop will address the use of syringe exchange programs (SEPs) as an effective, evidence-based, harm reduction approach to serving people who use drugs. We will explore the history of SEPs—globally, nationally, and within the state—and consider their efficacy in reducing the spread of infectious diseases, connecting with vulnerable populations, and educating around safer drug use methods. We will explore the importance of SEPs as safe, judgment-free spaces that provide critical peripheral public health services to underserved individuals.

March 26, 2021

This workshop will examine how the delivery of harm reduction services has changed during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will explore the ways in which policies, programs, and practices have been adapted to serve clients in a manner that is safer, requires less direct contact, and accommodates the particular needs of people who use drugs. Special effort will be made to explain which changes are state mandated, which specific practice accommodations have been implemented by individual agencies, and what we have learned about the delivery of harm reduction services during this difficult period.

About the Presenter

Duncan Dwyer Duncan is a public health educator and harm reduction community organizer with Maine Health Equity Alliance. He has over two decades of experience as an educator and organizer for healthcare, social services, and academic organizations.   Read more

Contact hours A completed evaluation is required to receive a contact hour for the following:

3 Continuing Medical Education This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and (CCSME). The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians

3 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.

3 contact hours for CHES/MCHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Certificate of attendance for 3 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.

3 prevention contact hours from Maine Prevention Certification Board: This conference has been pre-approved by the Maine Prevention Certification Board and meets the requirements for Prevention Specialist Certification in Maine.

3 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.






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