Harm Reduction

3:40-4:45pm, 1st floor

Drug use isn't a crime.

In this panel our speakers will discuss practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.

Dr. Bill Burman, Denver Health

Dr. Burman has served as director of Denver Public Health since 2011 and is currently the interim CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority. Dr. Burman is a Professor of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Burman joined Denver Public Health as an infectious disease physician in 1995. He earned his undergraduate degree from Whitman College and his medical degree from Mayo Medical School. He has been involved in the design and implementation of randomized trials in the treatment of tuberculosis and HIV disease for 15 years.

Danna Bushell,RN, Moms United to End the Drug War

Danna Bushell  is a mother, writer, and public speaker with over twenty years of nursing experience, which she currently practices in correctional settings. She represents the Colorado Chapter of Moms United Against the Drug War and serves as Health Communications Director for Families for Sensible Drug Policy. In her personal and professional roles, Danna advocates for harm reduction and drug policy reform grounded in public health.  She is a member of the Naloxone Work Group in the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and will be co-presenting on harm reduction as evidence-based nursing practice at the upcoming 40th Annual International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) Educational Conference. 

Dr. Mike Nerenberg, Access Point Pueblo

Dr. Nerenberg is a retired emergency room physician who practiced in Pueblo for over 24 years. In his retirement, he has applied his medical expertise to harm reduction initiatives and evidence-based substance abuse treatment modalities. He serves as the Vice President of the Pueblo City-County Board of Health and was instrumental in founding Access Point Pueblo, the sterile syringe access program affiliated with the Southern Colorado AIDS Project, where he volunteers. He also serves as one of Gov. Hickenlooper’s appointees to the Colorado HIV Commission for Prevention, Treatment and Care. 

Lisa Raville, Harm Reduction Action Center

Lisa Raville has served for the past seven years as the Executive Director of Denver’s Harm Reduction Action Center, a public health agency that works with people who inject drugs. HRAC’s advocacy has facilitated multiple statewide harm reduction policy victories including successful passage of sterile syringe access, 911 Good Samaritan and naloxone access legislation. Lisa is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and co-chair of the naloxone workgroup for the Colorado Consortium on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.