Eddie Einbinder Logo Eddie Einbinder – auteur, philosopher and serious agent of change – a true troublemaker. – Ernest Drucker, Harm Reduction International, 11 October 2011, New York City.

Eddie was born and raised in New York City and attended the Horace Mann School where he started writing and studying Psychology.  He continued these pursuits at Lehigh University where he began researching and writing How To Have Fun And Not Die to help ensure the survival of drug use. This book won the grand prize at the 2008 New York book festival, which led to Eddie‘s lecturing on harm reduction tactics at universities. While on an extensive lecture tour Eddie started filming a drug education documentary series. This was called Play Safe. It debuted at the International Harm Reduction conference in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2013. The film continues to screen at institutions around the globe, and is partially made available for free online.

Eddie continued his formal education in mental health, focusing on clinical work with people who use drugs at New York University’s Masters in Social Work program in 2013.  Eddie continues to write, lecture and film in drug education, harm reduction, and policy reform. Eddie remains based in New York City where he works as a Harm Reduction Psychotherapist at The Center for Optimal Living, primarily with young adults who use drugs, in individual and group settings.



Eddie started writing How To Have Fun And Not Die at the age of 20. This is one reason it relates so well to youth, as he was initially writing for himself and his friends. All research was backed up by extensive interviews with both doctors and people who use drugs. The primary focus of the book is to teach safest practices within drug use and associated risky behaviors. The book provides an interesting learning experience. There is a tremendous amount of practical information that could help one avoid overdosing on drugs and also personal anecdotes that encourage people to further educate themselves. The book later became useful also for parents and loved ones of drug users, so as to improve their communication on the subject with their family members.  Below is the table of contents. Eddie lectures regularly on topics covered in the book.  One can reach Eddie directly at EddieEinbinder@gmail.com

“Einbinder’s book represents the cutting edge of Harm Reduction.”

Ethan Nadelmann, Ph.D., J.D., Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

“This is a very impressive piece of work in the best tradition of Harm Reduction for drug users. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The mix of personal experience and general information is very potent.”

Ernest Drucker, Ph.D.

Founding Editor, Harm Reduction Journal.

“The 2008 New York Book Festival has named Eddie Einbinder’s ‘How To Have Fun And Not Die,’ a unique examination of recreational drug use, as the grand prize winner of its annual competition.”

The Village Voice News Paper.

“If you are a parent, Eddie Einbinder‘s book How to Have Fun and Not Die will definitely terrify you. It might also save your child’s life. As parents we face a choice: we can deny the fact that kids experiment with drugs, or we can give our children the tools they need to survive. Buy a copy of this book. Put it on your kid’s pillow. You won’t be sorry.”

- Ayelet Waldman

Mother of four, Famous author of Bad Mother and other works on motherhood, and former Federal Public Defender


Everything in Play Safe is completely real. Always educational and sometimes shocking, this series documents functional drug users who try to take the necessary precautions while using their respective drugs of choice. This conveys safest practice of the following substances. Adderall, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Cigars, Cocaine, DMT, Heroin, Ketamine, LSD, Marijuana, MDMA, Methamphetamine, Mushrooms, Nitrous Oxide, Oxycontin, and Salvia.

Screenings of selected episodes and Q&A sessions with Eddie occur regularly at schools, health clinics, prisons and other institutions around the world. Contact EddieEinbinder@gmail.com to schedule an event.

“Einbinder‘s harm reduction lecture and book have the ability to save kids’ lives.”


- Kris Krane,

Former Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy


Since the summer of 2008 Eddie has presented over 200 lectures on Harm Reduction tactics at institutions and conferences around the world, including top Universities and Homeless Youth clinics.  Topics are often tailored to interests of particular populations. See main points of discussion below.

Harm Reduction in Drug Use:

  • Importance of honest education
  • Prescribing practices of doctors
  • Myths of Gateway drugs
  • Most dangerous drug combinations
  • Pulling the trigger
  • Different routes of administration
  • Treatment, regulation, legalization
  • Variance of laws in private institutions
  • The drug war

“Einbinder‘s harm reduction lecture and book have the ability to save kids’ lives.”


- Kris Krane,

Former Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy


“That’s why I found a new documentary so intriguing. It’s a highly persuasive anti-drug presentation that, strangely enough, gets its power through graphic lessons on how to use drugs.  “Play Safe” takes the controversial position that drug use is inevitable for many young people, so it strives to teach them how to avoid getting hurt while getting wasted.”



John Keilman, 23 May 2012

Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Contact Eddie

One can also reach Eddie directly at EddieEinbinder@gmail.com