By: Mitchell Gomez, Executive Director, DanceSafe
2018 Marks the Inauguration of The Prometheus Award for Harm Reduction Activism.
Sponsored by DanceSafe, Erowid, The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, 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.
Named for the Greek Titan who brought fire to mankind, in opposition to the wishes of the authorities, this award is intended to both recognize and reward those 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.
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 service to the cause.