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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:20 PM
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*** Please help keep safe needle exchange alive! A request for support. ***
As you know, the latest California budget has decimated many health care programs.

Since 2007, The San Luis Obispo Syringe Exchange Program (SLOSEP) has operated safe, legal needle exchange on the Central Coast.


Our goals have remained clear from day one - Reduce blood borne infections among injectors, provide safe disposal of used syringes, increase HIV / Hepatitis C testing and make referrals to local drug treatment programs.

We support a harm reduction approach to injection drug use - Harm reduction meets users "where they're at" to minimize the negative consequences of drug use. It includes promoting a range of options - from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence.

SLOSEP (locally, we go by SLO Bangers) is truly a grass roots operation.

In 2010 we expect our team of twelve dedicated volunteers to put in 400 hours and log 6,000 miles to staff three exchange sites.
One paid administrator, working 6 hours a week, helps make it all happen. 52 weeks a year, rain or shine.

Our clients run the gamut of illicit drug use - long time opiate addicts, weekend meth shooters, steroid injectors, etc. street people, middle class working folks, and professionals. All have one thing in common the risk of acquiring HIV, Hep C or other infections due to their needle use.

To date, we have recovered 20,000 used syringes for safe disposal and distributed 18,000 sterile syringes.

As you know, the latest California budget has decimated many health care programs.

State funding for HIV prevention work here was cut from $111,000 to $0. Yep, thats a zero.
10% of those funds went to support SLOSEP / SLO Bangers.

We are working to make up the short fall and keep syringe exchange alive. Any donation you can afford, whatever the size, will help us stay in operation.

Thanks all ~ pinto


SLOSEP
c/o Pacific Pride Foundation
126 East Haley Street, Suite A-11
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Donations are tax deductible. Please note SLOSEP. Thanks




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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:21 PM
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1. Wow. Great work, pinto!
:applause:
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:54 PM
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2. Thanks.
It's a great local program. Just real "community based" stuff. And the volunteers are as diverse as the clients. Former users, health care professionals, friends and family, students. And, there's always *chocolate* available. Little known aside - chocolate helps defer opiate cravings so clients go home to shoot up, not stop off on the way...harm reduction.

:hi:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:38 AM
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15. Kick
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:36 PM
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3. Blatant kick.
:hi:
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:18 PM
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4. This is a good cause.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:19 PM
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5. k and r
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wakemeupwhenitsover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:00 PM
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6. K & R
:kick:
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:05 PM
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7. Do you know if they can accept donations of syringes?
I have an entire box of syringes and if I use more than one package in my whole life I will be shocked (I wear an insulin pump and have the syringes only for malfunctions and emergencies)

I will send a $$$ donation and offer a kick; I am 100% pro-needle exchange.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:24 PM
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9. Yes, they'll take *unopened* packs of sterile syringes. Thanks!
Mark clearly "for donation", and don't leave yourself short. :hi:

:thumbsup:
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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:16 PM
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8. I really
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 11:17 PM by Libertas1776
wish people wouldn't feel the need, or rather feel an addiction, to resort to injecting themselves with illicit drugs and opiates. In a perfect world, it wouldn't happen. However, this is the real world and I fully support this initiative as an example of pragmatic appropriateness. Better to have these people shooting up in a clean, sterile, and safe environment instead of having an epidemic of infected addicts. I would hope, along the way somebody or something will try and convince them to enter some kind of rehab or seek some kind of help. This exchange is merely a bandage to a larger, more complex problem that needs to be addressed. Of course, we have been trying to address this problem for decades, but to no avail. But, like I said in the mean time, this is a good thing.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:33 PM
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11. Yeah, this is a real world, public health approach to a big issue.
We realize our limitations on the individual level and our role in the larger public health level.

Yet, harm reduction *also* means injectors, our clients, may well be alive and kicking to move on from their use when they can choose to make those changes for themselves.

Thanks for your comments. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:32 PM
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10. K+R
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:40 PM
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12. As distasteful as it seems to help perpetuate the addictions...
It does seem to be the best we can easily do to mitigate the harm at the moment.

Will donate next paycheck.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:22 AM
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13. K&R n/t
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:35 AM
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14. Recommended.
:kick:
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:02 AM
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16. K & R
for life saving stuff.
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The empressof all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:04 AM
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17. K & R
:thumbsup:
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:49 PM
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18. Kick.
Thanks for taking a look and considering this all. :hi:
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 02:18 AM
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19. Recommend
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 04:37 PM
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20. Program info here - slosep.net
As of 9/1, we have pulled back to our "home" site in SLO. Supplies (syringes, tourniquets, cookers, cottons, alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment, etc.) are the primary limitation on the exchange at this point.

One last kick to request your support. Thanks again for your consideration. :hi:

http://www.slosep.net



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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 02:57 PM
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