Remedy Alliance/For the People, (formerly known as the all-volunteer OSNN Buyers Club established in 2012), incorporated in 2021 in order to create a sustainable infrastructure to provide low-barrier, low-cost access to naloxone to harm reduction programs in the US.
We spent about a year working to set up the program, negotiate contracts with multiple manufacturers of naloxone to ensure supply stability and navigate the complicated territory of becoming a centralized warehouse/distributor of a life-saving medication that prioritizes harm reduction programs--the innovators and most impactful model of naloxone distribution.
Remedy Alliance/For the People officially launched August 1, 2022!
Remedy Alliance is now be able to work directly with harm reduction programs to meet their naloxone supply needs.
All donations received through this fundraiser will be used towards the purchase of naloxone to support the "free" pool, and to contribute to our shipping fund to cover shipping for under-resourced programs.
How does Remedy Alliance/For the People work?
Harm Reduction programs, mutual aid groups, and other not-for-profit organizations who distribute naloxone directly to people who use drugs can fill out an easy application to access bulk naloxone from Remedy.
Depending on the programs' resources, we provide access to generic injectable naloxone at three price tiers: below market rate, deeply discounted, and free. We ship naloxone to programs directly. No hassle, no bureaucracy.
We have designed Remedy to eliminate or greatly reduce many of the barriers currently faced by harm reduction programs in getting access to supplies.
Remedy Alliance incorporated as a non-profit in November 2021 and 501(c)(3) status was determined in October 2022, retroactive to our incorporation date.
Our initial start-up costs were covered by the generous support of Open Society Foundations. This support allowed us to set up our website and store; compensate advisors, technical and legal experts who helped us establish our exempt supply distribution/centralized warehouse; secure a brick and mortar facility to receive and ship products; cover shipping costs for programs’ mutual aid contributions during the affordable naloxone shortage in 2021-2022; and to begin purchasing a small cache of naloxone pre-launch to support mutual aid requests.
First year plan:
Remedy Alliance aims to be self-sustaining by the end of year one through a combination of naloxone sales to stably-resourced programs, donations and grant funding. We hired our two long-time volunteers Maya Doe-Simkins and Eliza Wheeler as co-directors of RA/FTP in August 2022 and will later expand to bring on more staff as we grow.
As we achieve sustainability, we will be able to provide more naloxone at no-cost to harm reduction programs, and potentially expand into new areas of accessible low-cost or donated medicines and supplies.