harm reduction

Detox Was the Right Choice for Me—Even If I Don’t Plan on Abstinence

Not everyone goes to detox to become abstinent. People go for all kinds of reasons—reasons that may change from one…

June 8, 2021

Global Harm Reduction Funding Crisis Is Worse Than Ever

Globally, 2019 saw 1.7 million new HIV infections, with 690,000 deaths from complications related to AIDS. There are now an…

May 24, 2021

Just Months Into a Yearlong Pilot, New Zealand Legalizes Drug-Checking

Festival-goers in New Zealand were taking what they thought was pure MDMA. But days after ingestion, the drugs were leading…

May 5, 2021

What I Learned From My First Injection Infection

[This article contains an image of injection wounds.] I had my first injection infection in the winter of 2020. I…

May 4, 2021

Federal Funding Can Now Be Used to Purchase Fentanyl Test Strips

The United States federal government has taken a step to make good on its late 2020 endorsement of fentanyl testing…

April 9, 2021

Three Harm Reduction Zines From People Who Use Drugs in Denver

The Harm Reduction Action Center made these three harm reduction zines in collaboration with people who inject drugs in Denver,…

April 7, 2021

“Another Round”—A Nuanced Picture of Our Relationships With Alcohol

You’re in a bar, when the night seems close to ending but nobody really wants it to. Someone asks: “Should…

April 1, 2021

On Canada’s East Coast, an Unexplained Influx of Pure Cocaine

Nobody knows the smell, taste or feeling of pure cocaine like someone who injects it. Eric Sampson, who's well known…

March 25, 2021

Read “The Young Injectables,” a Harm Reduction Comic Book

A couple of months ago, I was cleaning off a table in what used to be the drop-in center—before the…

March 23, 2021

Harm Reduction Services to Get $30 Million in First-Ever Federal Funding

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan signed into law last week contained a series of provisions that have excited Democrats…

March 16, 2021