Skip to main content


By Brandie Wilson
In this show we will discuss evidence based practices and data informed research to demystify drug use, drug policy and Harm Reduction. Each episode we will discuss local and national trends in matters of public health along with the research and evidence that informs Harm Reduction practices. The majority of topics that to be discussed will directly relate to drug policy and its effects on our local Humboldt Community, the State and Nation. We will take a look at how the history of drug policy has gotten us to where we are and how we can move in a positive direction toward the future.
Listen on Spotify
Where to listen
Castbox Logo


Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo


Spotify Logo


Stitcher Logo


Wow! Episode 9! Thanks for sticking with us! We apologize for taking a while to get this episode out- it's been a busy time over here at HACHR. This episode is all about stigma! What it is, how it's manifesting in our local community, and what can be done to address it. We talk more specifically about some pretty juicy topics including clickbait media, Brandie's drug use, law enforcement, PWUD, and...Our new Executive Director!! This episode is very informative, extra sassy, and also a little longer than usual. We hope you enjoy! Oh, and please excuse the puppy noises! Rebel showed up to work a little late. As always, here's where you can find the facts: "Stigma among health professionals towards patients with substance use disorders and its consequences for healthcare delivery: Systematic review." Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 131 (2013) 23– 35. "Negotiating substance use stigma: the role of cultural health capital in provider–patient interactions." Sociol Health Illn. 2016 January. 38(1): 90–108. "Language, Substance Use Disorders, and Policy: The Need to Reach Consensus on an “Addiction-ary.” ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT QUARTERLY. 2016, VOL. 34, NO. 1, 116–123.
May 23, 2019
Humboldt Politics
We are already on our 8th episode, how exciting! We will also be having our second on-air guest, Eureka City Council member Kim Bergel. She will be talking to us about her experience during the homelessness challenge. She and the rest of Council were challenged to live outside for 48 hours to get a feel for what it's like for our friends and neighbors who are experiencing chronic homelessness and have no where to go- rain or shine, good health or bad. Our second segment will focus on Fortuna City Council and their desire to implement a Syringe Exchange ordinance similar to the one that exists in Eureka, and the unfortunate and inhumane comments that have resulted from their discussion. Below are links to a few articles about Fortuna as well as coverage of the homelessness challenge.
March 22, 2019
Sexual Health w/Planned Parenthood
It's February, which means we're coming up on the holiday that people either love, or love to hate! Whatever your preference, we thought this would be a good month to talk about sexual health! AND, we get to do it with our first guest ever- Chelsey from our local Planned Parenthood! We get to talk about harm reduction in relation to sexual health, PeP and PreP, and what kind of services our local Planned Parenthood provides! Below are some important links to Humboldt County health data, as well as some information on a training hosted by Planned Parenthood that is coming up in March. Also, please forgive the background noise! This was our first time with someone else in the HACHR studio, so we were getting the hang of it! Graphs from CDPH, STD Control Branch: CDPH has a wealth of info on state and local STD, HIV, and Hep C rates: Sexual Health Educator Training from Planned Parenthood: Wednesday, March 20th at the Warfinger Building in Eureka. Cost is $25. Call Chelsey for more info at 707-502-3010
February 11, 2019
2018 year in review and gratitude list!
HACHR gratitude list and 2018 year in review! Want to know what’s next for us? You’ll have to listen to this episode!
January 02, 2019
Syringe Exchange 101!!!
In episode number five, we're talking all about syringe exchange! We will discuss the early beginnings and founders of syringe exchange, the benefits of it, how it all works, how policy (good and bad) impacts syringe exchange, and we'll talk a little about what we do here at HACHR! Here's a link to all the important data, science, and recommendations from the California Department of Public Health/Office of Aids:
December 13, 2018
NOLA-National Harm Reduction Conference!
In this months episode of #factsmatter we are talking about our trip to the National Harm Reduction Conference that was held in New Orleans Louisiana. This is a bi-annual conference held by The Harm Reduction Coalition. In this podcast we discuss our experience and things we learned in NOLA. This podcast includes discussion about SESTA/FOSTA, Rural Rocks, Peer Leadership and #reframetheblame. We hope you enjoy this episode and as always the following are links to facts and resources for people who may be hoping to learn more about the facts regarding the topics we discuss. Stop SESTA/FOSTA web sight: Facts about peer work: "Peering into the literature: A systematic review of the roles of people who inject drugs in harm reduction initiatives" (Z. Marshall, M.K. Dechman, A. Minichiello, L. Alcock, G.E. Harris) Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependance 2014. Here is the link to the journal homepage:
November 09, 2018
Overamping Prevention
In episode 3 of #FactsMatter we're talking about stimulant overdose, also known as Overamping. We will discuss what stimulants are, what Overamping is, the signs and symptoms to watch for, and what you can do if you or someone else may be overdosing on stimulants. We also discuss polysubstance use and how that can effect Overamping. Big thanks to the Harm Reduction Coalition and all their invaluable resources on stimulant use and Overamping. Below is some information on where we get our facts! Al-Tayyib, A., Koester, s., Langegger, S., & Raville, L. (2017). "Heroin and Methamphetamine Injection: An Emerging Drug Use Pattern." Substance Use & Misuse, 52(8):1051-1058 Niloofar, B., Flay, B., Ketcham, P., Smit, E. (2013). "Illicit use of prescription stimulants in a college student sample: A theory-guided analysis." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132:665-673
October 04, 2018
Overdose Prevention and Naloxone
Our second episode of #factsmatter is all about stigma, overdose prevention and the life saving drug, Naloxone. We dedicate this episode to the life of Dan Bigg and his invaluable contribution to harm reduction. Here our some awesome resources and citations, because facts matter! Strang, J., Bird, S.M. & Parmar, M.K.B. J. 2013. “Take-Home Emergency Naloxone to Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths after Prison Release: Rationale and Practicalities for the N-ALIVE Randomized Trial.” Journal of Urban Health. Binswanger, Ingrid A. et al. 2007. “Release from Prison — A High Risk of Death for Former Inmates.” The New England journal of medicine Krinsky, Clarissa S. et al. 2009 “Drugs, Detention, and Death: A Study of the Mortality of Recently Released Prisoners.” The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology Huffington post piece on stigma and how it creates barriers
August 30, 2018
Harm Reduction 101
This is our first episode and we're very excited! There might be a few mess-ups, but bare with us, we'll get better! This episode is all about the basics of Harm Reduction- its definition, its main principles, some history, and what we do at our program. Because this podcast is titled #factsmatter, below are some articles and websites that we referenced in this first episode! Harm Reduction Coalition- Historical context of drug use- Crocq, M.-A. (2007). "Historical and cultural aspects of man's relationships with Addictive Drugs." Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 9(4): 355-361 Not referenced in this episode, but a cool article none the less about the role of people who use drugs in harm reduction work- Marshall et al. (2015). "Peering into the literature: A systematic review of the roles of people who inject drugs in harm reduction initiatives." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 151:1-14
July 26, 2018