As the year comes to a close, we’re highlighting outstanding SSDP members whose work inspired our staff this year.
Julia Hilbert ‘17 is the Vice Chair of SSDP’s Board of Directors. Julia got her start in harm reduction through SSDP, when her chapter at the University of Pittsburgh connected with Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP), a local nonprofit that provides health services to people who use drugs. As an intern at Prevention Point, Julia provides PPP program participants with naloxone kits and fentanyl test strips and packing sterile works. These life-saving services have been critical to the 40% reduction of opioid-related deaths in Allegheny county in 2018. Julia is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and will next begin her Master’s Degree in Social Work, concentrating in community outreach and social action.
Ending the War on Drugs goes beyond policy change. Providing life-saving services to people who use drugs amidst the US’ overdose crisis is an integral part of building a world where people who use drugs are not marginalized and criminalized, but empowered to have healthier lives. We can live in a world where drug use is far less dangerous and overdose deaths are rare, and our supporters like you know that the young people SSDP is training are building that future.
We are so grateful to our Esteemed Trustees 4Front, Green Lion Partners, Green Thumb Industries, and the Arcview Group, and to Greenbridge Corporate Counsel and Grove Bags, who share this vision of the future with us and will be matching all gifts made to SSDP up to $100,000 until December 31st. We’re halfway there, but we need your help to make it.