Comprehensive Harm Reduction Program
Comprehensive Harm Reduction (CHR) is a set of public health strategies to reduce the negative impact of drug use, including HIV, Hepatitis C, other infections, overdose, and death among people who are unable or not ready to stop using drugs.
Strength In Peers’ Comprehensive Harm Reduction Program is authorized by the Virginia Commissioner of Health pursuant to Virginia code §32.1-45.4. Participants enrolled in our needle exchange services are protected from criminal prosecution for paraphernalia for sterile and used needles/syringes obtained from the program. Participants receive a laminated card with a unique ID to evidence their participation in our Harm Reduction program.
For more information on the Harm Reduction code in Virginia visit: Virginia code §32.1-45.
Our Program Aims To:
- Reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases.
- Reduce needle stick injuries and the transmission of blood-borne diseases to law-enforcement and other emergency personnel, as well as the general public.
- Facilitate the safe return and disposal of hypodermic needles and syringes.
- Reduce overdoses and resulting deaths in the Commonwealth.
- Improve the overall health of people who use drugs in Virginia.
- Build non-judgmental, trusting relationships with individuals who use drugs so that they engage in recovery services when they are ready for change.
- Provision of sterile needles, syringes, and supplies.
- Disposal of used needles and syringes using a professional sharps disposal company.
- Education regarding substance use recovery.
- Referrals and assistance connecting to substance use and mental health recovery services.
- Education regarding overdose prevention.
- Overdose prevention kits that include Naloxone.
- Education regarding the prevention of HIV, Hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases.
- On-site HIV and Hepatitis C Rapid testing.
- Referrals to medical care and treatment for HIV, Hepatitis, STI, and common complications of injecting.
- Condom distribution.
- Community resource guide and referral to other community services and resources.
- Assistance applying for health insurance and public benefits.
- Peer support from a specialist in long-term, active recovery.