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Video Available in NIDA’s ‘At the Intersection’ Series

Archer bows head, with arms crossed in an X across his body, with IDEA Exchange displayed
Chetwyn “Arrow” Archer

Another installment is now available in “At the Intersection: Stories of Research, Compassion and HIV Services for People Who Use Drugs,” a video series by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 

Peer support specialists like Chetwyn “Arrow” Archer are people with lived experience of substance use who help others navigate harm reduction tools, substance use treatment and other health care and social services. 

Arrow works with Dr. Hansel Tookes at the IDEA Exchange, a syringe services program in Miami. He has helped many IDEA participants and community members connect with lifesaving care and tools, such as the opioid overdose reversal medication, Narcan (naloxone nasal spray).

Tookes was a 2021 recipient of NIDA’s HIV/AIDS Research Avenir Award for a project designed to leverage telehealth-enhanced services to engage people who inject drugs into HIV care.

To view the Arrow video and see the full series, visit

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