“Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs”
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Webinar: Harm Reduction and Treatment Strategies for People Who Use Fentanyl
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern
Many people use fentanyl, whether by choice or by accident. With overdose-related deaths continuing to rise, how do we keep people safe? This first session in the National Overdose Prevention Network's webinar series on fentanyl will focus on harm reduction strategies and treatment options for people who use fentanyl. We will hear from a harm reduction expert and a clinician on key strategies and opportunities to center people who use drugs and save lives. RSVP here!
Naloxone is commonly referred as the opioid reversal drug. It can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. There are three forms of naloxone: Injectable, Auto injectable, Narcan Nasal Spray.
- Naloxone cannot be used to “get high” and has no harmful effects if the person is not overdosing on opiods.
- Naloxone has no effects on other drugs such as benzodiazepines or alcohol, which is why it is important to stay with the person in case they need extra doses or emergency medical care
- Those at risk of an opioid overdose and their family and friends should consider carrying naloxone. No prescription required at a pharmacy.
- For more information about naloxone:
Concepts and Principles of Harm Reduction
- Materials on Syringe Services Programs:
- SSP FAQ: frequently asked questions and answers about SSPs with supporting evidence for use by state and local health departments, national partners, and decision-makers
- SSP Infographic: What are SSPs?, a handout for state and local health departments and community partners that describes what SSPs are and what they can do – available in a print and web format
- SSP Fact Sheet: a fact sheet that includes evidence that SSPs can help prevent transmission of blood-borne infections, help stop substance use, and help support public safety
- Summary of Information on the Safety and Effectiveness of SSPs: a summary outlining the evidence of SSP effectiveness on reducing HIV and viral hepatitis for use by state and local health departments, national partners, and decision-make
- Fentanyl Testing Strips: Know what you are taking? & These help to identify fentanyl in drugs
Good Samaritan Laws
California’s 911 Good Samaritan Law provides limited protection from arrest, charge and prosecution for people who seek emergency medical assistance at the scene of a suspected drug overdose
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This law however does NOT protect against:
Do you or someone you know use opioids?
Visit https://www.nvhrc.com for more information about Nothern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition's Syringe Access Program.
In August 2019, the Butte-Glenn Medical Society Board of Directors approved by majority vote to support efforts to fund a Syringe Services Program. The letter that was shared during the public comment phase of the program's application period is here:
This letter refers to compelling data that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of harm reduction efforts: https://www.cdc.gov/ssp/