Los Angeles, CA
© 2021, Heather Edney

As Executive Director of the fourth authorized syringe exchange program in the United States, Heather Edney
has developed harm reduction services that prevent opioid overdose, HIV and viral hepatitis for over thirty years.

She is a founding member of the National Harm Reduction Coalition (NHRC) and the North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN).

In 2013, the Obama Administration invited Edney to serve
as a member of the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Working Group, which led to the first federal resource promoting overdose prevention.

Today, she develops and implements fundraising and communication strategies for Homeless Health Care Los Angeles and provides training and technical assistance to organizations preparing to provide naloxone and syringe service programs.

Most recently, she designed Bevel Up, an open source digital and printable resource funded by the Centers for Disease Control and distriuted by NASTAD.