HARM REDUCTION

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with substance use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use substances.


Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet substance users “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve substance users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.



However, HHHRC considers the following principles central to harm reduction practice:

  • Accepts, for better and or worse, that licit and illicit substance use is part of our world and chooses to work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.

  • Understands substance use as a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors from severe abuse to total abstinence, and acknowledges that some ways of using substances are clearly safer than others.

  • Establishes quality of individual and community life and well-being, not necessarily cessation of all substance use as the criteria for successful interventions and policies.

  • Calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use substances and the communities in which they live in order to assist them in reducing attendant harm.

  • Ensures that substance users and those with a history of substance use routinely have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them.

  • Affirms substance users themselves as the primary agents of reducing the harms of their substance use, and seeks to empower users to share information and support each other in strategies which meet their actual conditions of use.

  • Recognizes that the realities of poverty, class, racism, social isolation, past trauma, sex-based discrimination and other social inequalities affect both people’s vulnerability to and capacity for effectively dealing with substance-related harm.

  • Substance not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit substance use.


(as stated by the Harm Reduction Coalition - www.harmreduction.org)

HHHRC EVENTS

5b.jpg

Consolidated Theaters Ward will be hosting a screening of "5B," which follows the front-line heroes of the nation's first HIV/AIDS ward unit at San Francisco General Hospital. Proceeds will benefit HIV care programs at HHHRC.

Get your tickets today!

November 18, 2019 7:00PM

Benefit Screening of "5B"

HHHRC MEDIA

LEAD eval.PNG

October 31, 2019

LEAD in the Media

HHHRC's LEAD Program held a press conference on October 30 highlighting promising data from the program's first-year evaluation.


Read features in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, KITV4 News, and Civil Beat. Read the program evaluation here. 

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Instagram Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White YouTube Icon

Copyright 2019 Hawai'i Health & Harm Reduction Center

Office Hours: M-F 8:30AM–12:30PM, 1:00PM–5:00PM

Testing Hours: M-F 9:00AM12:30PM, 1:00PM4:00PM

Address: 677 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 226  Honolulu, HI  96813

Email: info@hhhrc.org     Tel:  (808) 521-2437