What is Harm Reduction?
Harm reduction is a set of evidenced-based public health practices that help prevent overdose and infectious disease transmission, improve physical and mental health and social wellbeing by engaging directly with people who use drugs. Harm reduction services offer a low-barrier option for people to access substance use treatment and other health care services. Harm reduction begins with a relationship-centered approach-meeting people where they are and recognizing everyone’s need for safety and care.
Harm reduction emphasizes the principles of non-judgment, non-coercion, safety, and empowerment in providing services to people who use drugs. These services are often the first place an individual feels empowered to take steps towards wellness, after months or years of disconnection from medical services.