In general terms, harm reduction means reducing the harms related to substance use. Harm reduction is about trusting relationships and about accepting and meeting the person where they are at, without stigma and without shame.
- Aims to keep people alive and as healthy as possible
- Reduces the risk of infections and blood born diseases
- Connects people with social and health services and/or treatment
- Reduces the need to access emergency services and saves healthcare costs
- Encourages self-respect and offers hope.
Harm reduction activities and services include, but are not limited to:
- Needle exchanges
- Take home Naloxone programs (THN)
- Drug testing and bad batch alerts
- Drug safety information and training
- Supervised consumption and/or injection services and overdose prevention sites
For us as families it means first and foremost keeping our loved ones alive and healthy until they can arrive at a place where they can seek recovery.