Louise is an activist and educator in NC whose work and expertise in drug user health, social and criminal justice reform has driven the expansion and acceptance of harm reduction in NC and the Southern US. She is a harm reduction consultant who specializes in women’s health, drug policy reform, and the meaningful engagement of people who use drugs. Louise is committed to developing and evaluating user informed systems and developing organizational leadership using horizontal structures and feminist theory. Louise’s passion and expertise have created opportunities for system change and movement building both locally, nationally and internationally.
Louise sits on the board of the International Network of People Who Use Drugs and is the Executive Director of Urban Survivors Union a growing alliance of national drug user unions made up of over 19 drug user networks located across the US. We are community organizers whose theory of change involves providing direct services in areas where syringes and pipe service programs are illegal or newly legal and where drug users are denied the most basic health services.