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Not everyone who uses drugs is ready for treatment. Harm reduction strategies are key to supporting people who use drugs (PWUD) by meeting them where they are at in their journey.

What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies used to reduce the negative consequences of any health behavior, including drug use. MATTERS’ harm reduction services include:

Free Supplies via Direct Mail

Shipped anywhere in New York State

Trainings & Education

Covering various topics

Vending Machines

Containing free supplies

Instruction Sheets

Using MATTERS’ harm reduction supplies? See instructions for fentanyl test strips (FTS), xylazine test strips (XTS), and naloxone (aka Narcan) below. Click here to learn about our group harm reduction trainings.

Why Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction strategies prevent and reduce harms associated with drug use, including overdoses. Harm reduction is also an effective tool to engage PWUD in community-based services. Connecting individuals to resources in their own community can be empowering and can encourage PWUD to take agency in their own treatment and recovery.

See more examples of harm reduction below:

Wearing a Seatbelt

Using a Mask

Wearing Sunscreen

Housing-First

Programs

Supervised Consumption Sites

Syringe Services

Programs

More Harm Reduction Resources

To find other resources in your community like food, clothing, or shelter, click here.

Syringe Exchange Programs are important to harm reduction and overall public health. People who use drugs should use clean syringes to prevent diseases like Hepatitis-C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

“Sharps” include needles, syringes, blades, and other devices that can pierce the skin. Safely disposing of sharps is important to prevent diseases like Hep-C and HIV while also keeping our communities clean.

DanceSafe is a non-profit that provides education and resources on various topics, including drug use, harm reduction, and sexual health.

NEXT Distro distributes free harm reduction supplies to various states within the U.S., including sterile syringes, naloxone, sharps containers, alcohol pads, cottons, condoms, and more.

SaferSubstanceUse.org offers a variety of educational materials and resources for people who use drugs. Topics include safer injections, heart issues associated with drug use, and medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD).

The National Harm Reduction Coalition provides trainings, education, and resources for people who use drugs and communities across the United States. This organization provides information about the history of harm reduction and advocates for the implementation of harm reduction into new environments.