In this follow-up to Harm Reduction 101 and 102, this Q&A session will focus exclusively on answering YOUR questions about how to apply harm reduction principles in your work. Join the webinar with your curiosity and ask questions about what to say and do to meet clients where they are at, stay person-centered, show you prioritize safety over abstinence, and more!
Harm reduction is a set of strategies designed to lessen the negative social and/or physical consequences associated with high risk behaviors. A harm reduction philosophy embraces a range of approaches, from abstinence to safe use. The philosophy is most known for program models that address risky substance use (such as syringe exchange, Naloxone distribution, and opioid treatment programs), but can also be applied to other high-risk behaviors.
According to the Harm Reduction Coalition (2018), “Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.”