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 diseases 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?
Mon – Wed 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.)
Thur 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.)
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Walk-ins Welcome Mon-Fri;
Call 502-484-5736 for more information
Pendleton County Health Center
Mon – Thur 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fri – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Walk-ins welcome (Call for availability during other operating hours)
Call 859-654-6985 for more information
Additional Information on harm reduction:
National Harm Reduction Coalition
Test strips are available at the Owen and Pendleton County health centers.