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2023 Harm Reduction Academy

The 2023 Injury-Free NC Academy on Harm Reduction as Transformative Practice focuses on moving from theory to practice and implementing a variety of harm reduction programs to serve people who use drugs. The purpose of this Academy is to work with community-based organizations, local health departments, coalitions, and individuals who want to learn more about harm reduction principles and how to incorporate them into overdose prevention work.

This Academy will take place in two parts, two days that will take place virtually and two that will take place in-person. The sessions are scheduled as followed:

April/May Academy dates:

Virtual Session: April 25 & 26, 2023
In-Person Session: May 4 & 5, 2023
Location: Albermarle/Stanly County

June Academy dates:

Virtual Session: June 13 & 14, 2023
In-Person Session: June 22 & 23, 2023
Location: Asheville/Buncombe County

The application is closed for this year’s Academy. In-person component subject to change based on public health guidance. Health and safety guidelines will be followed for any in-person gatherings. Organizers will follow public health guidance and will notify Academy participants if any changes are made.

For questions, email Shamira N. Wright at

Archived HR Academy Content

As part of the 2022 HR Academy, a webinar was held on February 23, 2022 that was open to the public. The webinar served as an introduction to harm reduction philosophy and practice, provided a history of the drug war, and set the foundation for the immersive sessions. View the webinar here.

  • Individuals who attended the April 2022 Harm Reduction Academy can access information shared during the Academy here.
  • Individuals who attended the July 2022 Harm Reduction Academy can access information shared during the Academy here.