Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction is summarized as:

1. Reducing harms associated with substance use

2. No requirement of abstinence or discontinuation of use

3. Being complimentary to prevention and treatment approaches

4. Empowering people who use substance to make informed decision

5. Emphasizing humanistic values, including dignity, compassion and non-judgemental acceptance of people who use substances

6. A cost effective and evidence based approach

7. Including participation by people who use substance in policy-making and program development

8. Challenging policies and program that maximize harm

Where To Get Harm Reduction Supplies

  1. Vernon Health Centre
  2. Cammy LaFleur Clinic
  3. Downtown Mental Health & Substance Use

Where To Get Naloxone Kits

  1. Vernon Health Centre
  2. Cammy LaFleur Clinic
  3. Downtown Mental Health & Substance Use
  4. Methadone Clinic
  5. Upper Room Mission
  6. Pharmacies
  7. Vernon Jubilee Hospital
  8. Community Safety Office

Other Harm Reduction Services

Vernon Overdose Prevention Site NOW OPEN. Location: 3306A 32nd Ave Vernon. Open: 9am to 3pm.  

Lifeguard Overdose App is a safety net for people using alone and can be downloaded at both the App Store and Google Play.

Be Safe App provides people using alone with a safety net and peer and volunteer support. This app can be downloaded at both the App Store and Google Play.  

Online Naloxone Training

Test your substances at Vernon Downtown Mental Health and Substance Use Clinic or using take home fentanyl test strips from Cammy LaFleur Outreach Program.

Drug checking across the Interior Health region.

Drug Checking BC.

Harm Reduction Videos

Planning for safer injection

Vein care tips

Safer injection demonstration

Supplies and setup for safer injection

Safer injection after care

Safer smoking