Reducing Fatal Opioid Overdoses: Harm Reduction Strategies and Treatment

Do you know how to help someone you suspect has overdosed on opioids? From 2000 to 2019, more than 16,500 North Carolinians died from unintentional opioid-involved overdose deaths. Addiction to opiates/opioids is no longer a hidden issue - it is in plain sight.

Harm Reduction programs can help reduce the negative impacts of the opioid epidemic. Harm reduction is a way of preventing disease and promoting health that “meets people where they are” rather than making judgments about where they should be in terms of their personal health and lifestyle. It’s about treating every person – regardless of their circumstance or condition – with dignity and respect. Harm reduction refers to a range of public health policies designed to reduce the harmful consequences associated with drug use, sex work and other high-risk activities.

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in North Carolina and throughout the American South.

The Rebound BRG is partnering with NCHRC to host a virtual training on harm reduction and state trends. The training will also include information on opioid overdose prevention, overdose rescue response, and issuing naloxone products.

This training will be held virtually, on Wednesday September 22, 2021 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. All team members are welcome to attend.

Zoom Information: 

https://nhrmc.zoom.us/j/95180488161?pwd=aVBZNW1EcUhmOUlyay91WHZwc2VJUT09