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Harm Reduction

The BCCDC Harm Reduction Strategies and Services program has developed a range of services to promote harm reduction.


A range of services is available to prevent harms from substance use. Some services are:

  • Impaired driving prevention campaigns
  • Peer support programs
  • Needle distribution programs
  • Outreach and education
  • Substitution therapies
  • Supervised consumption facilities

Benefits of harm reduction

Harm reduction has many benefits for people who use substances, their families, and communities.

Research shows harm reduction activities can:

  • Reduce HIV infection and hepatitis
  • Reduce overdose deaths and other early deaths among people who use substances
  • Reduce injection substance use in public places, and reduce the number of used needles in public
  • Reduce the sharing of needles and other substance use equipment
  • Educate about safer injecting and reduce injecting frequency
  • Educate about safer sex and sexual health and increase condom use
  • Reduce crime and increase employment among people who use substances Increase referrals to treatment programs and health and social services  


SOURCE: Harm Reduction ( )
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