Harm-Reduction Expert: ‘It Is Critical that We Keep Our Community Safe’

The 2023 reMind Psychedelics Business Forum was held Nov. 28-29, 2023, at the Westgate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. More than 30 expert speakers presented the latest insights and information in the field of psychedelics with the goal of advancing this emerging industry responsibly and ethically. The videos of the sessions are now available online.
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Health advocate Erica Siegal told attendees at the reMind Psychedelics Business Forum that without effective harm-reduction programs and safety protocols, the psychedelics movement could get shut down in a blink — and the business community plays a central role in ensuring this doesn’t happen.

Siegal founded NEST Harm Reduction to provide compassionate, trauma-informed services from individual psychotherapy to organizational consulting. Her talk, titled “Workplace Safety & Risk Reduction for Psychedelic Businesses,” explored the most important safety-related issues facing first-time users of psychedelics.

“Whatever regulation we put in, the majority of people are going to access psychedelics through gray market channels. So we as a community, it is important for us to be able to keep our community safe from harm reduction perspective,” Siegal said. “That’s really where the harm-reduction movement was birthed — drug users figuring out ways to protect other drug users. And so for us, as the psychedelic professionals who are starting to bring this forward, we’re the ones who are responsible for the awakening. We’re the ones who are responsible for people who are going to come forth and try psychedelics for the first time.”

Watch the full session here



More About Our Speakers:

Erica Siegal is a harm reduction advocate, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapist and community organizer. Erica has spent the past 20 years exploring diverse ways to create impactful, connective experiences while increasing community safety and wellness. She founded NEST Harm Reduction in 2019 to provide compassionate, trauma-informed services from individual psychotherapy to organizational consulting. She recently founded SHINE Collective, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting survivors of psychedelic harm and abuse.