We conceptualize all of the work we do as harm reduction— literally reducing the risk of harm to those living in unsafe environments or “at-risk” communities by meeting people where and how they are.
One key principle of harm reduction that is particularly important to our organization is the promotion of the overall health and well-being of people who use drugs.
Overdose Prevention and Naloxone
Accidental overdose is among one of the highest leading causes of death in the United States. We work to reduce overdose deaths by greatly expanding access to Naloxone on the street while simultaneously training those on its proper use. Naloxone, also commonly known as Narcan is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Our distribution of Naloxone, since the program's inception, has been responsible for over 1,000 overdose reversals.
Safer Drug Use
We are committed to improving access to risk reduction supplies and safe syringe disposal in collaboration with Prevention Point Pittsburgh to meet the needs of people who use drugs in a safer way. By improving this access, it helps prevent the risk and spread of infectious disease. Our Harm Reduction Specialist is experienced and trained to give guidance on safer drug use and provide individual risk reduction counseling.
One of our priorities is to advocate to end discrimination against people who use drugs. We hope to lift the stigma associated with people who use drugs and advocate for compassionate language, policy and judgement free approaches to substance use.
We provide linkage to HIV and HCV testing and care. We work with our collaborative partners to facilitate a seamless transition in care.