What is harm reduction? Harm reduction is a respectful, nonjudgmental approach to reducing harm that meets people “where they are.” We use harm reduction in everyday practices as a society, in things like wearing seatbelts, or putting on sunscreen before going to the beach. We all engage in behaviors and activities that have associated risks, but some of us have the benefit of having that risk mitigated.
What does harm reduction look like in drug and alcohol consumption? Harm reduction can look like needle distribution, safe consumption sites, access to clean pipes, access to and training for naloxone, peer support, Good Samaritan laws, or something as simple not using alone.
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