What is Harm Reduction?
Harm Reduction Services are evidence-based methods of reducing the negative effects of substance use for individuals and for communities.
How does WSTC practice Harm Reduction?
*Providing SUD treatment & motivational interviewing
*Distributing opioid overdose reversal medications (naloxone)
*Providing peer support specialists & case management
*Promoting linkages to social services
*Providing education & referrals to care
*Reducing the stigma associated with SUD & co-occurring disorders
*Promoting a philosophy of hope
What does Harm Reduction do?
*Reduces overdose deaths & other early deaths among people who use substances
*Reduces the spread of infectious diseases
*Increases referrals to support programs & health & social services
*Reduces stigma & increases access to health services
*Improves physical health
What can the Kitsap community do to promote Harm Reduction?
*Treat people who use substances with respect, compassion, & support, not anger & condescension
*Learn how to administer Narcan/Naloxone & be prepared for an emergency
*Take unused medications to a safe prescription medication disposal site
*Donate to Harm Reduction programs in the community
*Volunteer at a Harm Reduction program in the community
You can find more information about Harm Reduction on the SAMHSA website