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Getting Well

In the field, 2019.

My dissertation, Getting Well: Using, Selling, and Quitting Opioids in California, is based on two years of participant observation fieldwork and 240 interviews with people who use opioids and service providers across ten urban and nonurban counties. I use the case of opioid use amid the ongoing overdose crisis to address fundamental sociological questions about the relationships between place, health, politics, and local institutions.

Other research

Prevention Point exchanging syringes in San Francisco, 1990. (Photo: Phil Head, Bay Area Reporter)

Topics of my sole-authored publications include: federal harm reduction policy and politics in the United States (International Journal of Drug Policy 2018); the history of harm reduction services in California (Mobilization forthcoming); and medicalization theory and the treatment of psychopathy (Theory and Society 2019). With colleagues at RTI International I am collaborating on a NIH-funded implementation study of overdose prevention services for people exiting jail and prison (PI: Alex H. Kral; Journal of Correctional Health Care in press).

Harm reduction

I have provided harm reduction services, such as syringe access and naloxone distribution, in Chicago (2009–2013) and California (2013–present). As President of the Board of Directors for NEED, I help coordinate all aspects of the organization’s budget, staffing, and services. I also offer training and consultation on harm reduction best practices, program development, and policy implementation for local governments and nonprofit agencies.

Offering harm reduction supplies at a festival, 2018.
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