This 1-hour, 1 NBCC CEU training introduces what harm reduction is, some of the evidence behind it, and some concrete examples that anyone can learn and implement today. As drug overdose deaths continue to climb, it is clear that our current approach to substance use is not optimal. Individuals with lived experience of using drugs have been advocates of an approach that is based in harm reduction principles. The medical community is starting to embrace this concept and utilize harm reduction practices more broadly in substance use disorder treatment. This talk will provide an introduction to harm reduction and the ways in which it can benefit people who use drugs and their communities.
- Define harm reduction and 2 of its key principles
- List 2 ways in which the war on drugs has led to increased harm for people who use drugs
- Explain 3 evidence-based harm reduction interventions