Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is one of the key principles the mothers of Moms Stop The Harm believe in and advocate for. How do we define harm reduction? 

“Keeping them alive so they can make a better decision on another day” (Donna May, mumsDU, 2015).

“Harm Reduction is a movement for social justice built on a respect for the rights of people who use drugs,” (Randy Pages, Grateful or Dead, June 12, 2016).

“‘Harm Reduction’ refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs without necessarily reducing drug consumption. Harm reduction benefits people who use drugs, their families and the community” (Harm Reduction International, 2016).

What is harm reduction?

Harm Reduction international

Overdose awareness - Leslie McBain, lost a child to overdose
Province of BC, September 21, 2016

Leslie McBain lost her only child, Jordan, when he was just 25 years, to an accidental opioid overdose. She is an advocate for harm reduction changes to drug policies, actively participates on provincial committees on policy reform and speaks to high school students on the topic of drug safety.