Syringe exchanges offer not only clean needles to drug users, but connect people to treatment services, overdose-prevention drugs, and a supportive community. Distributing needles for drug use is illegal in North Carolina, so exchanges must operate illegally. Part of a video series commissioned by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition to educate the public on harm reduction efforts in the South.

The U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of heroin and opioid pill overdose. I interviewed overdose survivors, substance use counselors, policymakers, and faith leaders who are organizing their communities and saving lives. Part of a video series commissioned by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition to educate the public on harm reduction efforts in the South.