Harm Reduction is a health promotion approach that aims to decrease the negative consequences of risk behavior
Harm reduction is the attempt to keep people as safe and healthy as possible in their given practices and lifestyle realities. It stems from the realization that drug use and other high risk behaviours are pervasive in society. By providing and enhancing knowledge, skills, resources, and support, we reduce the harm done to those engaging in these behaviours and to the overall community.
Harm reduction recognizes that building positive and supportive relationships with individuals who engage in high risk behaviors is vital to moving individuals along the spectrum towards better health outcomes.
Examples of Harm Reduction in Our Community
- Operation Red Nose
- TRAC Youth Outreach
- PARTY Program
- Safe Grad
- Needle Distribution Programs
- D.O.T. Team
- Helmets (bike, motorcycle)
- Seatbelt Legislation
Harm Reduction Frequently Asked Questions