"We value health. We value human rights. We value harm reduction."
- International Harm Reduction Association
What is Harm Reduction?
According to the International Harm Reduction Association, harm reduction refers to “policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illicit psychoactive drugs without necessarily reducing drug consumption.” (International Harm Reduction Association, 2014)
Harm reduction programs work to prevent the harms associated with drug use, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV and other bacterial infections. Along with reducing these harms, harm reduction programs also provide education, counselling and referrals to clients.
Does the Health Unit have a Harm Reduction Program?
All health units must provide harm reduction services to their communities based on the Ontario Public Health Standards (2008). Smart Works, formerly called Clean Works is the name of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit harm reduction program. It began in 2005 and now has 6 Health Unit Smart Works service sites and 5 satellite Smart Works sites, including a mobile unit.
Smart Works offers 3 programs;
The Smart Works program at the health unit publishes a quarterly newsletter to communicate current events and health care messages to clients. You can see our Headspace articles below:
If you would like more information about our harm reduction program, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853 and ask for Harm Reduction.
Visit the Ontario Naloxone Program website for more information on where to get a kit.