What is harm reduction?

Harm reduction is an evidence-based public health approach that acknowledges certain risky behaviors, like drug use, may persist despite their known dangers. Rather than focusing solely on abstinence, harm reduction aims to minimize the negative consequences of such behaviors.

This includes educating the public about tools to prevent overdoses, like fentanyl test strips and naloxone, a life-saving medication used to reverse opioid overdoses; more details on both of these tools are provided in the “What To Do” section of this site.


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