Sally Sanders, a SMART Recovery facilitator and advocate for harm reduction explains the principles and science behind harm reduction. We talked about how harm reduction saves lives and why it should be included as a treatment option. Sally is a proponent of increasing the availability of narcon to help saves lives that are needlessly lost to overdose from opiods.
The Harm Reduction Coalition describes the principles of harm reduction on their website harmreduction.org as:
“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.
Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.” https://harmreduction.org
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