Promoting Health, Safety and Equity
To promote the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs by studying the
factors that influence drug use and overdose, and implementing and evaluating innovative
harm reduction interventions.
We see a future where people who use drugs do not need to fear discrimination, violence, or
death from drug use because the supply will be safer and harm reduction will be widely
We strive for an environment inclusive of individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences,
and abilities, including substance use and incarceration. We encourage individuals to be their
entire, authentic selves and communicate openly.
We are empathetic to the diverse challenges faced by everyone we meet. We understand that
these challenges shape the lives and behaviors of all individuals and let that understanding
guide our interactions.
We work according to ethical standards to ensure equity, scientific rigor, transparency, and
trust. We strive to create active and sustainable engagement with the communities and
partners involved in our research.
We will support the physical and emotional needs of our employees, students, volunteers,
and community members, by understanding that the topics and work can be challenging and
fostering open dialogue. We prioritize safety, knowledge sharing, and connection to local and
national resources to promote well-being.
We are committed to creating lasting mutually beneficial connections with community
partners, research collaborators, and health organizations, to support our mission.