Meghan Ralston, Harm Reduction Manager
Meghan Ralston is the harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. Based in Los Angeles, Ralston’s work since joining DPA in 2006 has included implementing over-the-counter pharmacy syringe sales throughout Los Angeles County; organizing the first major U.S. commemoration of International Overdose Awareness Day; and creating the first-ever Southern California Harm Reduction Summit. She has served as co-chair of both the Los Angeles Overdose Prevention Task Force and the Los Angeles Harm Reduction Collaborative.
Ralston's op-eds, quotes and interviews about the U.S. overdose crisis and prescription drugs have appeared in dozens of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the LA Daily News, the Orange County Register, Newsday, the Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post, Time.com and Fox News. She appears in the documentary film, "After EDC," which chronicles the aftermath of a suspected Ecstasy-related death at a rave in Los Angeles. She has presented on a variety of harm reduction topics at conferences across the country and internationally.
Ralston graduated summa cum laude from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and her research on relationship management has appeared in a variety of academic publications. Prior to joining DPA, she created and ran Street Medicine, a volunteer-driven project to assemble and distribute first aid kits to homeless populations throughout Los Angeles county. Ralston believes that all people deserve dignity, compassion and respect, whether they use drugs or not.