The Mission of the Church of Safe Injection

"In the state of Maine, the ongoing opioid crisis kills around one person per day. The endless death and disease led to the formation of a loose network of health activists. They call themselves the Church of Safe Injection, and they’re preaching the gospel of harm reduction.
It all started when a local public health advocate named Jesse Harvey opened an illegal needle exchange out of the trunk of his car. Jesse's harm reduction philosophy argues that since people will use drugs anyway, society has a responsibility to make sure they use safely. He created the Church of Safe Injection as a way to rally his community to provide support to drug users.
So, on a frigid night in Lewiston, Maine, church volunteer Kandice Child drives around and illegally distributes fresh needles and the anti-overdose drug, Naloxone. Kandice knows she can’t stop drug use but by providing clean needles and support she hopes she can help an ostracized community and maybe save some lives along the way."

Marshall Crook
Running Time: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 6:00pm