There are many reasons a person might inject drugs. It is possible to completely avoid or reduce injection-related health risks if someone has a sterile syringe and proper equipment for every injection.
Syringe service programs (SSPs) distribute sterile syringes, safer drug use supplies, and education to people who inject drugs. These harm reduction programs are proven to reduce HIV and HCV infection rates by about 50%.
SSPs reduce overdose deaths by educating and distributing naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose. Learn how to use naloxone.
Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies that includes safer use, managed use, abstinence, meeting people who use drugs “where they’re at,” and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve people who use drugs reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.
However, National Harm Reduction Coalition considers the following principles central to harm reduction practice:
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Chapter 50 - Miscellaneous Offences authorizing an organization, including a non-profit community-based organization or local health department to establish and implement a needle exchange program (Sec. 50-220) and participants in such a program shall not be guilty of possessing drug paraphernalia (Sec. 50-221).