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Expanding Access to Harm Reduction Services: Innovations from the New Jersey Department of Health

This blog explains the harm reduction public health approach that aims to reduce harms related to substance use by treating people with dignity and compassion. It includes a variety of approaches to connect people who use drugs to resources and helping them to thrive in a supportive environment. Harm reduction strategies, which are gaining support at the federal level, include safer use, managed use, abstinence, and meeting people who use drugs “where they are,” with consideration given to key principles central to harm reduction practice.