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Haley Coles departs from Sonoran Prevention Works

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Haley Coles, above, is leaving the Sonoran Prevention Works nonprofit organization following 14 years of service at the effort she co-founded. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
Co-founder of Sonoran Prevention Works Haley Coles looks to future
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Sonoran Prevention Works is announcing the resignation of Executive Director Haley Coles after 14 years of dedicated service and visionary leadership.

Ms. Coles, a co-founder of SPW in 2010, spearheaded the organization’s work to legalize needle exchange programs, culminating in the Arizona landmark legislation SB 1250 which passed in 2021, according to a press release.

Under her guidance, SPW has distributed over 1 million doses of the overdose reversal drug, Naloxone, reportedly saving over 30,000 lives throughout Arizona, the release states.

“When I started what would eventually become Sonoran Prevention Works with two friends in 2010, I set out to accomplish my dream of legalizing needle exchanges,” Ms. Coles reflected on her tenure. “Eleven years later we brought harm reduction to downtown Phoenix, saw the legalization of needle exchanges in Arizona due to our policy work and advocacy,” stating that, ‘what was once a small grassroots organization has become a leading voice in the overdose prevention space. I couldn’t be more proud of what SPW has become.’”

As Ms. Coles steps down from her role, she expresses confidence in the organization’s continued success.

“The last 14 years of my life have been dedicated to the growth of SPW. As I announce my resignation, I look forward to the future for both myself and the organization. I am excited for my next chapter and I’m confident in our board to choose my successor. I know that I am leaving SPW in capable hands.”

Although Ms. Coles will no longer serve as executive director, she is committed to remaining engaged and involved within the community.

“Even though I am resigning, I will still be around to support those wanting to change drug policy,” Ms. Coles said. “I will always support SPW and the amazing work they do. I look forward to your continued support and engagement during this transition.”

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