Harm Reduction
Decrease FontIncrease FontPrintPrint
Harm reduction is a term used to describe programs, policies and practices that aim to reduce negative consequences of behaviours typically considered “high risk” such as substance use and some sexual activities.
Harm reduction includes a range of health interventions for both individuals and communities. It aims to improve health outcomes related to substance use, addiction, overdose, sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs), other illness and injuries, social isolation, violence, oppression, trauma, and criminal justice system involvement.
Harm reduction programs and services are proven to not only reduce harms such as infections, injuries, and death related to substance use and sexual activity; they have also been proven to increase social and vocational functioning, and to reduce public disorder.

MoH     PCQO