Harm reduction is grounded in human rights and justice that refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to minimize negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies and drug laws.
What is Bristol doing for harm reduction?
There are programs and resources in place to help individuals that are victims of opioids to recover and reduce associated health risks/behaviors.
Direct Services/Recovery Coaches: Contact our Mobile Vans for resources, referrals, transportation to services/treatment, shelter referrals, for syringe exchange, free Narcan/Naloxone, and much, much more.
860-883-9587 & Ask for Kay or Jose. They are here to help!
Why are Harm Reduction Services Needed?
Harm reduction plays a significant role in preventing drug-related deaths and offering access to healthcare, social services, and treatment. These services decrease overdose fatalities, acute life-threatening infections related to unsterile drug injection, and chronic diseases such as HIV/HCV.
The Benefits of Harm Reduction
Cost Savings - The unit cost of interventions being relatively low
Spread of Disease - Harm reduction programs have been shown to lower HIV risk and hepatitis transmission
Treatment Referral and Initiation - Gateway to addiction treatment programs, offering non-judgmental information and assistance
Overdose Prevention - Harm reduction programs have been shown to prevent overdose
Community Safety and Contamination Prevention - Harm reduction programs reduce improper syringe disposal which reduces the number of contaminated syringes circulating in the community, and protects emergency response and public safety officers from accidental needle-stick injuries.