Meeting People Where They Are

Advancing the scientifically based success of Harm Reduction treatment, policy, and practice across New York State.

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WHO WE ARE

The New York State Harm Reduction Association (NYSHRA) was formed out of an understanding that we are stronger together than we are alone. A collective of prominent organizations with natural synergies have come together to leverage our voices of advocacy, public policy, and clinical expertise in order to effect social change. We aim to achieve our mission through:

Mission

The mission of the New York State Harm Reduction Association (NYSHRA) is to introduce and promote harm reduction in New York State as a…

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Vision

Harm reduction will be established as the preeminent scientifically based treatment modality for substance use disorder and the appropriate response to…

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Activities

NYSHRA conducts the following activities on behalf of its members: provides members with access to cutting-edge clinical and peer trainings rooted…

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WHAT IS HARM REDUCTION?

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.

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PRINCIPLES OF HARM REDUCTION

Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies that includes safer use, managed use, abstinence, meeting people who use drugs “where they’re at,” and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself.