Harm Reduction with Blood Ties Yukon
A big thank you to Elisabeth from Blood Ties, who shared her knowledge about Naloxone and Harm Reduction with the YAWC staff. We encourage you to learn about this too!
Blood Ties Yukon - PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE
Harm Reduction is a philosophy that supports the development of policies and programs that help people address the harmful effects of substance use including overdose, HIV, Hepatitis C, addiction, poverty, violence, isolation, homelessness and incarceration. Harm reduction programs promote methods of reducing the physical, social, emotional, and economic harms associated with drug and alcohol use and other harmful behaviors on individuals and their community.
For more information or how your team can learn more about harm reduction contact:
Harm Reduction Counsellor: 1-867-332-8268 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How you can support Harm Reduction in your community
Since Yukon's first fentanyl death in 2016, a total of 28 people died of accidental overdosing in the territory. Indigenous people have disproportionately been impacted by the overdose crisis. Currently, many illegal drugs bought off of the streets risk being laced/tainted with fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that you can not see, smell or even taste, and it is a prescription drug used primarily for cancer patients in severe pain.
Many harm reduction models neglect the broader social and system-wide issues that contribute to and intersect with substance use for Indigenous peoples in the first place. For Indigenous communities, harm reduction = reducing the harms of colonization. The Four Fire Model developed by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network centers harm reduction on community wellbeing and restoration and acknowledges the power differences between a service provider and client/patient.