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6. Needle Exchange Service in Philadelphia with Clayton Ruley, Prevention Point Philadelphia

May 12, 2020

My guest this week is Clayton Ruley, who is the Director of Community Engagement and Volunteer Services for Prevention Point Philadelphia. We talk about harm reduction overall as well as how these services have been affected as a result of COVID-19. We also get into questions regarding community, policy, and what makes Clayton most hopeful in terms of harm reduction. 

 

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Prevention Point Philadelphia

Timestamps 

  • What is prevention point and what do they do - 1:58 
  • What’s your background - 2:56 
  • What brought you to Phill - 3:52
  • Importance of community in terms of managing addiction - 4:15
  • Internal vs external community - 5:52
  • How has Covid affected needle exchange services - 6:38 
  • How have the operations changed - 9:00
  • Is prevention point involved in the mail home narcan program - 10:13
  • How might harm reduction change moving forward - 10:52
  • Any concerns of increased usage during social isolation - 14:15
  • Policy changes you want to see change - 15:23
  • What makes you most hopefully in terms of harm reduction - 16:16
  • Anything that makes you least hopeful - 17:31
  • Any organizations to highlight - 19:32
  • How can people support prevention point - 20:36
  • Outro - 22:03