Louise Vincent

Louise is the executive director of Urban Survivors Union, a national drug user union. A harm reduction consultant and educator, she was the inaugural recipient of the Any Positive Change award established in honor of Dan Bigg at the 2018 National Harm Reduction Conference.

I Want to Reclaim My Voice From “Light Up the Night”

My motivation for being a drug-user organizer has always been to build a different world, after discovering that I didn’t…

January 14, 2022

I Hid My Wounds for Months and Nearly Lost My Life: Stigma Kills Drug Users

It could almost have been a Saturday Night Live skit. I wish to God it was. Someone came into my…

March 30, 2021

It’s Time for People With Privilege to Come Out About Their Drug Use

I had a counselor look me in the eye the other week and say, “No drug user can be a…

May 13, 2019

The Rage of Overdose Grief Makes It All Too Easy to Misdirect Blame

It was 4:45 am on March 13, 2016. My phone was ringing over and over, and there was loud banging.…

December 5, 2018