BHRC mobilizes community members for the health, dignity, and safety of people targeted by the war on drugs and anti-sex worker policies. We advocate for harm reduction as part of a broader movement for social justice.
What is Harm Reduction?
It is a philosophy and set of practices that can assist individuals be safer and be applied to make organizations/systems less harmful. For individuals, harm reduction expands choices, increases access, and promotes opportunities to assist people be safer (particularly when engaging in culturally stigmatized behaviors—such as drug use and sex). Harm reduction also aims to shift organizations/systems (and our broader culture) to be safer for individuals and communities.
Harm reduction recognizes that society, and the systems within it, have historically increased harm to people who use drugs or engage in sex work through oppressive policy and stigmatizing culture.
meeting people where they’re at, but not leaving them there
acknowledging the significance of any positive change
LATEST FROM BHRC
The decriminalization of cannabis has long been at the forefront of drug policy reform. Cannabis advocacy has existed for decades, and as a result, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws broadly legalizing cannabis in some form, and an end to federal prohibition is no longer a...
Recently, I was able to tour Australia’s first “safe injection room” that is located in Sydney. The clinic has been in operation for over 15 years. During this time they have never had a fatal overdose and have made over 13,000 referrals to treatment. The tour was conducted by Miranda...
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