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Harm Reduction

What is harm reduction?

“Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.” National Harm Reduction Coalition

Such strategies include evidence based solutions to address and prevent future epidemics related to drug use, such as naloxone distribution and syringe exchange.

How does harm reduction benefit the community?

  • Cost savings – harm reduction significantly saves communities financially when compared with the lifetime cost of antiretroviral treatment of infectious disease spread through shared needles 
  • Spread of disease – harm reduction reduces risky behaviors that contribute to the spread of infectious disease such as HIV and Hepatitis
  • Treatment referral and initiation – participants in a harm reduction program are 5 times more likely to enter an addiction treatment program
  • Overdose prevention – harm reduction programs provide access to overdose reversal medication  naloxone (NARCAN®)
  • Community safety and contamination prevention – harm reduction programs provide a safe  method of disposal of injection equipment reducing community contact

Where can I access a harm reduction program?

Owen County
Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch)
Walk-ins Welcome Mon-Thurs; Fri by appointment only
Anonymous
Call 502-484-5736 for more information

Pendleton County Health Center
Mon – Thur 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  
Anonymous
Call 859-654-6985 for more information