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Harm Reduction: Saving Lives or Slippery Slope?
February 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST
****DATE CHANGE NOTICE: Sunday, Feb 7, 2021****
We apologize for continually pushing this event back – it’s not for a lack of interest or amazing material to be presented. Getting this workshop to happen has been complicated a little bit by coronavirus restrictions on assemblies, the number of people wanting to attend live rather than just stream it, and wanting to allow for significant social distancing at the event.
The biggest factor, however, has been that county staff otherwise available for public outreach and education have been knee-deep in coronavirus planning, response, and contact tracing issues. We’ll definitely do this one, as there is great interest in the community, just need to wait until everyone feels safe and sane to attend.
“Harm reduction” is a catchall phrase used to describe any public health strategy or policy aimed at limiting or minimizing the individual and societal damage caused by the potential problems typically associated with drug abuse – crime, disease, death, etc. – without necessarily focusing on completely eliminating drug use among those people who are unwilling or unable to stop.
In other words, the strategy is to prevent harm, rather than prevent drug use. It might involve any of the following, and more:
Safe injection site.
How much do you know about the “harm reduction” strategies used by your community to respond to the ongoing public health crisis of substance abuse? Come learn about what our community does and doesn’t do, ask questions, and share your thoughts.
A good overview of Harm Reduction:
LOCATION TBA AND WILL BE SHARED VIA MESSENGER TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONFIRMED ATTENDANCE.