Overdose Prevention & Harm Reduction Resources and Information:
How to Give Naloxone
Reacting to an Overdose
Hazards of Counterfeit Products
Consideration and Health Consequences for Opioid and Heroin Users
‘Harm Reduction’ refers to policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal drugs. Harm reduction does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit drug use, but incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence – meeting drug users “where they’re at” to keep everyone as safe as possible and to minimize risk for fatal overdose.
Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies are designed to reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing “harm reduction”. Rather, it is a philosophy that recognizes, first and foremost, that keeping someone alive is the first step to healing, and thus guides opiate overdose prevention programming.