Harm Reduction

Gabriel Jarquin

Toronto, ON

Harm reduction saves lives

Harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to minimize the negative health and social impacts associated with drug use rather than eliminate drug use itself. It focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgement or discrimination.

Evidence based approaches, like Naloxone, opioid replacement therapy, overdose prevention sites, outreach, and education, are just a few of the ways that people keep themselves safer.

Safer injecting and smoking supplies are critical in preventing HIV, Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases that can easily spread among substance users. Safe supply distribution sites also offer important touchpoints and opportunities for intervention.     

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