Harm reduction is an umbrella term used to describe programs, policies, and practices that aim to reduce the negative consequences of behaviors that are typically considered higher risk. In this context, harm reduction includes a range of health interventions to reduce harms associated with substance use to benefit both individuals and communities.
Harm reduction aims to improve health outcomes related to:
• Substance use
• Safe Works Access Programs, such as needle exchanges
• Take Home Naloxone Program
• Condom distribution
• Low Barrier services such as rapid access to Opioid Dependency Treatment.
• Managed alcohol program
• Point of care testing for STBBI’s
• Drug alert systems
• Educating clients on overdose prevention
• Provision of and training in Naloxone
• Directing and educating clients on safe use and supplies
• Information on safer use during pregnancy
• General harm reduction messages