What is Harm Reduction?

There are many definitions of harm reduction. Basically, harm reduction is a term that defines policies, services, programs, practices, values and approaches that work to reduce substance related health, social and economic harms and risks to individuals, communities and society. Harm Reduction recognizes the value and dignity of all human beings. The aim of harm reduction is to keep people safe and minimize overdose, blood borne infections, injuries and death and to improve access to health and social services. Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.

Queen West Harm Reduction Program provides a variety of services to people who use drugs, including our Harm Reduction Drop-in, Safer Drug Use, Body Piercing and Testosterone Kits and Safer Sex Supplies, Street Outreach, Anonymous HIV Testing, HIV Outreach and Education, Harm Reduction Education, HEP C Support services and ongoing support and capacity building for peers, staff and external service providers.