Why Harm Reduction Works: – Provides a space for people to be open about their drug use and sexual behavior so it’s not hidden, perpetuating feelings of isolation – Values people and their expertise so they feel empowered to determine and voice their own hierarchy of need and next steps are clear between provider and participants – It is rooted in evidence-based practices that have shown decreases in health and social harms – Keeps individuals engaged in care if they relapse and at any stage in their drug use
Drug use carries with it a lot of stigmas and one of the ways to work on reducing this stigma is person-centered language. This document lists words to avoid and suggestions of what to say instead.
This is the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalitions handout about how to use and administer Naloxone. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
This glossary was developed in partnership with the Peer Network of New York, a group of harm reduction support specialists who provide vital services including health education, testing (for HIV and Hepatitis C), harm reduction guidance, recovery coaching, and community outreach. They have lived experience and can relate to the community in a unique way, and are a crucial asset in building community health and well-being.
We created this glossary to provide guidance on language to avoid when talking about drug use and people who use drugs, with the intention of moving away from stigmatizing and dehumanizing language and toward people-first language that confers dignity and respect.
For people who use drugs, or who formerly used drugs, stigma can be a barrier to a wide range of opportunities and rights. People who are stigmatized for their drug involvement often face social rejection, labeling, stereotyping, and discrimination, even in the absence of any negative consequences associated with their drug use. This manifests in a variety of ways, including denial of employment or housing.
The public’s perception of drugs is often not based on scientific evidence. You can help end stigma by learning the facts about drugs, drug use, and evidence-based drug treatment and sharing the information with others. The way we talk about drugs and the people who use them can create or uphold stigma. Focus on the whole person, not a behavior.
This is a factsheet by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition about the Death by Distribution Bill that is Currently in the North Carolina Legislature.
Death by Distribution allows people who distribute a drug that results in an overdose death to be charged with murder. That means that drug users who share with friends, partners who use from the same supply of drugs, and people who sell to support a drug habit could face murder charges even when the death is an accident.
Please call/email your representative and urge them to VOTE AGAINST House Bill 474 because 1) it will hurt our 911 Good Samaritan law and make people more afraid to call 911 to report an overdose; 2) merely increasing penalties for drug offenses hasn’t worked to curb drug use over the past few decades and won’t work now; 3) evidence from other states indicates that the majority of people charged with death by distribution are friends and family of the deceased–not drug dealers, as the bill claims to target
This is a factsheet from the NC Harm Reduction Coalition about how the Drug-Induced Homicide Laws Weaken Good Samaritan Laws.
This is a toolkit by the Urban Survivors Union talking about their campaign Reframe the Blame and information about Drug Induced Homicide laws like the Death by Distribution bill that is currently in the North Carolina Legislature.
This guide talks about why expanding Medicaid is important for people with substance use disorders and their families
This is a list from Judson Memorial Church of brainstorming what hospitality for people who use drugs/have a history of drug use is…
What is the Guidance Document? Globally, law enforcement officers have grown increasingly frustrated with the limited effectiveness of traditional drug enforcement approaches that find them arresting or imprisoning individuals without significant impact on illicit drug trade or use. This is a briefing for law enforcement personnel around the world on how to incorporate, support, and create space for approaches that aim to increase public safety and health, reduce harm to people who use drugs, and provide law enforcement alternatives to common punitive models. This document highlights important recommendations and examples and is based on the experiences of law enforcement officers who have benefited from this “harm reduction” approach. It is important to note that there is no “one size fits all” solution. This is not intended to be a comprehensive handbook. Instead, this briefing is intended to be a quick resource for law enforcement on key options that may be useful to maximize positive impact for communities addressing problems of drug use.
This guide is the Open Societies look at Drug Courts and evaluating their effectiveness as a harm reduction methodology.
This is a transcript of the opening remarks by Rev. Erica Poellot for the Shaping Sanctuary: Role of Communities of Faith in Addressing the Opioid Overdose Crisis.
This is a transcript of a sermon by Rev. Charles King for the Shaping Sanctuary: Role of Communities of Faith in Addressing the Opioid Overdose Crisis.
On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016, over 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids, nearly one million used heroin, and 2.1 million had an opioid-use disorder due to prescription opioids or heroin.ii
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognizes that faith-based and community partners eagerly and willingly step in to meet the needs of their colleagues, friends, and neighbors, especially during times of emergency and distress.
That’s why HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (also known as “The Partnership Center”)
created this Practical Toolkit for faith-based and community leaders. We want our partners to be able to respond to the current opioid health crisis — complementing their compassion and local understanding with the expertise of HHS.
We hope this toolkit is helpful in jump-starting or advancing your efforts to usher in a culture of compassion toward those who are struggling with addiction, and its often severe consequences.
Thank you for engaging in this issue. We are grateful for your partnership!
This Interfaith Resource Guide, reflecting a broad coalition of religious groups and communities, has been developed by the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. It includes a collection of reflections, sacred texts, liturgies, prayers, meditations and policy papers from a diverse group of faith leaders and communities. We are pleased that this resource will not only serve as a key tool in preparation for the 2016 UNGASS but will be useful in the ongoing discourse engaging the faith community to address solutions to the global drug problem.
STOP THE HARM: HOPE SOMEBODY.