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Insomniac & End Overdose Receive Nod From White House For Harm Reduction Efforts

To save lives and reduce deaths from opioid overdoses, the White House is enacting several measures while shouting out Insomniac and End Overdose for their efforts.

In a fact sheet put out today, the Biden-Harris administration announced the White House Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose, a call to action to commit to training and access to life-saving overdose reversal medication.

Part of this challenge was enacted last year when the Food and Drug Administration approved naloxone for over-the-counter use and invested over $100 billion to expand access to provide the medication.

But now they’re shouting out those doing good by directly mentioning Southern California festival organizer Insomniac Events and their partner in harm reduction, End Overdose.

They stated, “Insomniac Events, experience-creators behind large music festivals and live events, commits to ensuring naloxone access at all of their festivals and events nationwide in partnership with End Overdose, which provides voluntary overdose education to attendees. Together, they trained more than 100,000 festival attendees on overdose response and provided over 1.8 million with overdose resources.”

This is a particularly important moment in raver history as Joe Biden has been infamous for sponsoring the 2003 Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act (RAVE ACT), which “made it easier for prosecutors to fine and imprison business owners, property owners, and rave promoters not for failing to prevent drug-related offenses committed by customers, employees, tenants, or other persons on their property.”

Many are hoping for more support from the government for harm reduction practices to help ravers remain safe while they experience the music they love.

 

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Danielle Levy

Danielle Levy is an MBA with a concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility. Danielle has several years of experience in the sustainability education world and has held various positions in human resources and intern management. Danielle is passionate about the ties between sustainability and social impact.

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