I’m a long-time lurker of drug forums now working for the Washington Heights CORNER Project in New York, NY, where I’m involved in drug education and online outreach. The CORNER Project is a community-based organization that mainly works with homeless folks who use drugs– typically IV heroin– to help improve their health and quality of life. We have an operating Syringe Exchange Program and offer free naloxone trainings, health services, support groups, care coordination, and peer education.
AskSasha is a persona that we’ve cooked up in order to expand our reach to the online community and offer drug use advice– particularly in regard to heroin/opioids and cocaine– and resources to anyone who needs them. I’ve been asked to act as “Sasha” since I am frankly obsessed with psychoactive substances. For some background, I received my BA in Neuroscience and Behavior, during which time I focused on drugs and human behavior. I’ve assisted teaching college classes, consulted for several local groups, published some pieces, and still work in two labs that deal with these topics. So to be fair, I’ve been very busy during my lurking days collecting as much data and information as I can on this subject, and hopefully I can now provide much more useful contributions than I would’ve otherwise. Heroin and cocaine are the major focuses of our organization, but honestly, I love to talk about all drugs. That being said, if anyone is in New York and wants free naloxone (opioid overdose antidote) and syringes delivered, please message me. Anonymity is assured.
We also want to hold online naloxone training sessions for anyone interested (likely Skype or FB live). These trainings will also focus on dosing and using when fentanyl is a likely possibility, as over 50% of the street samples we recently tested from our area were positive for the more potent opioid. Once again, please message me if you are interested in attending one of these trainings, and I will be more than happy to let you know when/ how we are planning to hold them.
Ask Sasha is supported by the Washington Heights CORNER Project in New York, NY. I am happy to answer any questions related to drug use, particularly methods to reduce harm when using heroin and cocaine. We also provide free syringes and naloxone in the area and can deliver these resources locally to whoever requests them. Please PM if you have any questions or are interested in our services.