Hiawatha Collins
Board Member


Hiawatha Collins has been a leader of VOCAL-NY’s Users Union since 2009, contributing to campaigns to pass new statewide overdose prevention and syringe access laws, strengthen patient rights in methadone programs, and improve healthcare in the NYC shelter system.

He works professionally as a harm reduction educator and peer syringe exchange provider, and coordinates the NYC Peer Network. Hiawatha is a former marine, who has frequently experienced homelessness during the past decade, and has been incarcerated for drug offenses. He has been quoted in the Daily News and Buffalo News.


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