Portland People’s Outreach Project (PPOP)
Portland People’s Outreach Project (PPOP) is an all-volunteer peer-run harm reduction organization dedicated to providing individuals who use drugs with the tools to live happier, healthier lives.
PPOP distributes new syringes and other supplies for safer drug use, overdose-reversing naloxone (Narcan), and a variety of other harm reduction, wound care, and safer sex supplies.
Our services are grounded in public health evidence and are devoted, above all, to treating drug users with love, compassion, and respect.
Bottom Line for Portland
PPOP contributes to public health by saving lives that would otherwise be lost to overdose, promoting healthcare access, stopping the spread of disease, and building community with peer support and a trusted network of volunteers.
Since we began services in 2015 we have had 10,000+ interactions in which we provided supplies, support, and/or referrals, including distributing 4.4 million sterile needles and over 3,000 doses of overdose-reversal medication naloxone (Narcan), as well as collecting and safely disposing of used needles. We are committed to providing reliable services, and we didn’t miss a single outreach shift in 2020.
"I started going to PPOP about five years ago, and I went a couple times and somebody asked me if I wanted to go to detox and they basically helped me get in, and saved my life. I was on the way down. So uh, yeah, Portland People’s Outreach Project is about harm reduction in real time.” -Eric
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We very much believe in meeting folks where they are at and centering the voices and needs of people who use drugs, focusing on those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression. We are the only syringe service program (SSP) in the area that provides community and volunteer opportunities to drug users, a group that has been marginalized and subjected to state violence for decades. PPOP has a network of more than 50 volunteers, both active users and non-users from a diversity of backgrounds, races, and gender identities.
The first 100 people who donate $50 to or more will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Mississippi Records. There will be 10 winners!
Anyone who donates $150 or more will receive a limited edition PPOP shirt that says “Drug users deserve dignity and care” (see image here).
A huge thank you to our business partner, Mississippi Records! 5202 N Albina Ave.