The philosophy and practice of harm reduction guides HepCAP’s work, especially as it relates to the rights of people who use drugs. The Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization, describes harm reduction as follows:
“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.”
HepCAP’s goal of improving the continuum of Hepatitis C prevention and care involves recognizing Hepatitis C as one of the negative consequences of drug use. Those who use drugs are disproportionately affected by Hepatitis C when compared to the general population. We are committed to making sure that this population is able to reduce their risk of contracting Hepatitis C, advocating for overdose prevention and syringe access sites, spreading awareness of resources such as clean needles and works, as well as through ensuring access to treatment for both hepatitis and substance use disorders. Overall, our mission is intimately connected with these efforts to guarantee the rights and safety of people who use drugs while fighting to end the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia.
Our commitment to reducing and eliminating this particular harm means that we have important partnerships with harm reduction services offered at Prevention Point Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia, and elsewhere. See below for more information about these services.
Prevention Point Philadelphia is a private nonprofit organization providing harm reduction services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
Services include but are not limited to:
- Treatment Linkage
- STEP (Stabilization Treatment and Engagement Program)
- Wound Care
- Case Management
- Drop In Center
- Legal Clinic
- Mail Services
- Syringe Exchange Program
Visit www.PPPOnline.org for more information and services.
The City of Philadelphia now offers overdose prevention trainings!
Learn more about naloxone (narcan) HERE
Or sign up for a training from the city’s harm reduction coordinator:
Prevention Point Philadelphia offers narcan (overdose reversal) trainings by request at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.634.5412
Prevention Point Philadelphia also has regular trainings at their main site 2913 Kensington Ave, Details available HERE
The Pennsylvania Physician General signed a naloxone prescription standing order in 2015 to increase access to the life saving opioid overdose drug (often sold as “Narcan”).
Access Pennsylvania Department of Health Standing Order DOH-002-2016 HERE
Harm Reduction Coalition was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 by a working group of needle exchange providers, advocates and drug users. Today, we are strengthened by an extensive and diverse network of allies who challenge the persistent stigma faced by people who use drugs and advocate for policy and public health reform.
Learn more at harmreduction.org
The Harm Reduction Coalition has a story telling campaign started at the 11th National Harm Reduction Conference in San Diego.
Read some of the stories at http://demandaccess.org/gallery