The goal of harm reduction is to meet drug users where they are, so they can live long enough to start to imagine a different reality - Shayna Gaffen
Study after study of harm-reduction techniques show that they are more effective than the “just say no” approach: needle exchange programs, for example, have been shown around the world to reduce HIV infection rates while not increasing teen drug use. Contrary to fears about prolonging or encouraging addiction, syringe exchanges actually make it more likely for people to seek help and recover from addiction.
Similar findings are seen with safe-injection facilities: although millions of injections by thousands of people in countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands have taken place in these medically-supervised rooms, no overdose deaths have been reported in them.…
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On Point operates under a needs-based mobile distribution model that brings services directly to individuals. This model eliminates geographic and temporal barriers, as staff and volunteers can reach parts of San Diego County that would otherwise have no harm reduction programs. On Point provides both home visits and street outreach to maximize the availability of harm reduction services.
National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces for dialogue and action that help heal the harms caused by racialized drug policies.
Stopoverdose.org is a project of the Center for Drug Safety and Services Education (CDSSE) at the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute
Harm Reduction Journal publishes research focusing on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies.
The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA) is a community-based non-profit and drug user empowerment organization that has provided health and harm reduction services to people who use drugs in since 2007.
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