2018 Marks the Inauguration of the The Prometheus Award for Harm Reduction Activism.
This award is sponsored by Dancesafe, the Erowid Center, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and the Zendo Project, this award is given to an individual who engaged in effective, reality-based harm reduction in the face of institutional, political, legal, social, or bureaucratic resistance.
In Greek Mythology Prometheus was a Titan and cultural hero who defied the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, an act that enabled progress and civilization. This award is intended to both recognize and reward those individuals who are doing what is right and proper to protect others, despite opposition from others or rules against such harm reduction activities.
The inaugural award is being presented to Hannah Procell, a student at New College of Florida, who was punished by the school for providing on-site harm reduction services for students in the form of a room with volunteers offering peer support for challenging experiences during an all-school party.
“Harm reduction is so important because sometimes by ingesting substances or by engaging in partying in general, people try and get away from their minds and they can forget to take care of themselves,” said second-year Hannah Procell, a member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). “Especially on a campus like ours, where we have so many people with mental health issues and disabilities, it’s so important that we foster a really great community environment that promotes self-care.” (read more)
Harm reduction does not advocate for or support the use of drugs, legal or illegal. It simply aims to prevent the risks associated with drug use.
This award includes an $850 honorarium to offset the cost of Hannah attending the harm reduction, drug policy or psychedelic conference of her choice.
All of us within the drug policy and harm reduction world thank Hannah for her commitment and service to the cause despite the opposition she faced.