Harm Reduction in Worcestershire
Harm Reduction is a core and critical theme in
the delivery of drug treatment. In the broadest sense harm
reduction approaches and activity are about working to reduce the
health, social and economic disadvantage and negative impact to
individuals, families and communities caused by problematic use of
substances. More specifically it is about reducing the direct
risks associated with drug use to the individual drug user.
Worcestershire DAAT published a 2 year Harm Reduction
Strategy (PDF 147 KB) in June 2009. The Harm
Reduction Group, which oversees the work streams identified in the
Strategy on behalf of the Partnership, was able to conclude a very
favourable review on activity against the Strategy at the end of
There are 5 overarching objectives within the
Strategy and progress was identified in each area:
- Provide a strategic framework to address and
promote harm reduction
- Reduce the transmission of blood-borne viruses
and other communicable diseases affecting users
- Reduce the incidence of accidental overdose and
drug related deaths
- Develop workforce
- Improve service provision to drug users and
The focus on improving our service provision
will continue, and with the re-orientation of our local services
towards a recovery model we specifically want to look at the wider
health care needs of our service users. We want to look at
initiatives to empower our service users and their families to
intervene if they are concerned by the risk of overdose, and to
investigate the use of naloxone. And we are eager to consider how
we can use the new resource in our Blood Borne Virus (BBV)
Team (PDF 102 KB) to further extend our work with screening,
vaccination and treatment, and in particular we want to progress
our Hep C Action Plan.
Harm Reduction Workshops for service users are
carried out in community venues across the county. Call Pete
Hartwell at Worcestershire Pathways to Recovery on 07554 661462 for
Works: a campaign developed by Exchange Supplies for the
National Treatment Agency as part of
the implementation of the Department of Health publication
Drug Related Harm: An Action Plan (PDF 188 KB).
The plan commits to reducing the burden of illness and death
caused by illicit drug use through improved surveillance of service
provision, improved delivery of harm reduction services, and
information campaigns aimed at drug users and drug service
See also the NTA's
"Good Practice in Harm Reduction".
- Talk to Frank
and confidential information and signposting.
Community programme to encourage
abstinence from alcohol.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other.
Information, training and support for carers, support groups and
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This page was last reviewed 22 July 2013 at 15:10.
The page is next due for review 18 January 2015.