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Bevel Up was created by people who use drugs for people who use drugs. We designed Bevel Up for community-based organizations, grassroots programs, health departments, and other groups running or supporting syringe services programs (SSPs) and other harm reduction services. 

The collection represents priority topics identified by people who use drugs. Messages and recommendations come from current and former users with experience navigating the illicit drug supply, health providers, and program staff who serve people who use drugs. Materials update some long-standing harm reduction practices in response to fentanyl and other analogs in the drug supply.

All materials were peer-reviewed by NASTAD Drug User Health, project lead Heather Edney, community members and consultants based around the US, and CDC subject matter experts. All community reviewers were compensated for their time and expertise.

Bevel Up includes three types of resources:

  • Downloadable cards (can be sized as palm cards, pamphlets, or flyers) and posters that can be shared and printed as-is or customized with program info or other updates, 

  • Reference PDFs that contain additional info on each topic, and 

  • Customizable social media posts for each topic area. 

Drug use varies by region and by community, so to make these materials more usable, they have been designed to be open source and can be customized. Card templates can be updated with local information or tips relevant to your community. QR codes connect back to this site or can be updated to link to other resources. Learn to customize Bevel Up materials here. 


Contact NASTAD Drug User Health with any questions, comments, or suggestions here

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of PS 19-1909: National Harm Reduction Technical Assistance and Syringe Services Program Monitoring and Evaluation Funding Opportunity cooperative agreement, a financial assistance award totaling $6,775,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.


Project Lead: Heather Edney

Design and Layout: Heather Edney

Illustration: Zach Weiss and Suzanne Shifflett

Graphic Design: Nina Madjid 

Content Creators: Heather Edney and Joanna Berton Martinez

Content Contributors: Lillie Armstrong, Joy Rucker, Paula Santiago, Maya-Doe Simkins, Eliza Wheeler, Van Asher, and The Fentanyl Collective

Special thanks to Elika Upadhyay, Billy Golden, Kacey Byczek, Robyn Learned, Gina Musa, Amanda Reese, Ry Dalporto, Jessica Martinez, Nora Fuller, Christine Rodriguez, Kirsten Forseth and NASTAD Drug User Health.

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