Arapahoe County's harm reduction efforts use an evidenced-based approach that aims to reduce health and social harms associated with substance use. Efforts seek to empower participants to maintain and improve their own health while also preventing opioid overdose and HIV/Hepatitis C transmission within our community. We provide a safe, non-judgmental place to exchange used syringes for sterile injection equipment.
Harm reduction is a set of ideas and interventions that seek to reduce the harms associated with drug use and ineffective drug policies.
Harm reduction stands in stark contrast to a punitive approach to problematic drug use, it is based on acknowledging the dignity and humanity of people who use drugs and bringing them into a community of care in order to minimize negative consequences and promote optimal heal and social inclusion.
Why Harm Reduction Works
Provides a space for people to be open about their drug use and sexual behavior so it’s not hidden, perpetuating feelings of isolation
Values people and their expertise so they feel empowered to determine and voice their own hierarchy of need and next steps are clear between provider and participant
Is rooted in evidence-based practices that have shown decreases in health and social harms
Keeps individuals engaged in care if they re-engage risk at any stage