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Harm Reduction Coalition logo The Harm Reduction Coalition is committed to reducing drug-related harm among individuals and communities. HRC initiates and promotes local, regional, and national harm-reduction education, interventions, and community efforts. HRC fosters alternative models to conventional health and human services and drug treatment. It challenges traditional client/provider relationships. It provides resources, educational materials, and support to health professionals and drug users in their communities to address drug-related harm.

The Harm Reduction Coalition believes in every individual's right to health and well-being, and believes they are competent to protect and help themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.


What Is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use, incorporating strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence. Harm reduction strategies meet drug users where they're at, addressing conditions of use along with the use itself.

Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction. However, HRC considers the following principles central to harm reduction practice.


Why Do We Need Harm Reduction?

It is clear that most current approaches to drug use and drug-related problems help only a tiny fraction of those individuals who use illicit drugs. Drug-related problems continue to baffle communities across the country, leaving them feeling frustrated and hopeless in their ability to respond to the harm they experience in any effective way. Harm reduction works to redress the following injustices, among others:


How to Reach the Harm Reduction Coalition

www.harmreduction.org

East Coast Office:
22 West 27th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 213-6376
Fax: (212) 213-6582
e-mail: hrc@harmreduction.org

West Coast Office:
1440 Broadway, Suite 510
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (510) 444-6969
Fax: (510) 444-6977
e-mail: hrcwest@harmreduction.org

Harm Reduction Training Institute
Harm Reduction Coalition
22 West 27th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 683-2334
Fax: (212) 213-6582
e-mail: hrti@harmreduction.org


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