Harm reduction

What is harm reduction?

Harm reduction is a public health approach that aims to minimize the negative consequences of substance use and promote safer practices without requiring abstinence. Instead the focus is on helping individuals make any positive change. Harm reduction strategies can include drug testing kits, needle exchange programs, supervised consumption sites, and access to naloxone for overdose reversal.


In the context of opioid use disorder (OUD), harm reduction strategies can help reduce the risk of infectious diseases, overdose, and other negative consequences associated with opioid use. Harm reduction can be an important component of a comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid crisis.

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