“Programs implementing harm reduction services and other activities in support of the health and wellness of people who use drugs, should have easy access to resources and help.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022)
Education and technical assistance through outreach services has been proven to dramatically decrease fatalities related to chronic diseases such as HIV/HCV, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and life-threatening infections from unsterile needle use.
Identifying gaps and barriers to services and/or other preventative resources to gain the most effective and efficient implementation strategies is key.
Harm reduction services make life saving resources available and accessible to all and help establish strong community ties to support systems by offering access to HEALTHCARE, SOCIAL & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, and SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT.
Among the entire population aged 12 or older in 2020, 3.3 percent misused prescription pain relievers in the past year. An estimated 3.1 percent of people aged 12 or older in 2020 misused a prescription opioid in the past year, including (but not limited to) any of the 11 subtypes of prescription opioids.
Harm reduction also plays a key role in prevention of unintentional drug-related overdose and/or death.