Public health means providing for the wellness of a population as a whole. The Harm Reduction Action Center provides for the health and welfare of all of the Greater Denver area by actively working to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Our program participants, people who inject drugs, are one of the most insular populations and also the most at-risk for a host of easily preventible negative healthcare outcomes. The Harm Reduction Action Center works to minimize harms to our participants —and to the greater Denver community — by working in accordance with clinically-proven, legally-viable harm reduction principles.
What is harm reduction?
Harm reduction is a set of clinically-demonstrated practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing the public health risks associated with drug use. Harm Reduction calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use drugs, and the communities in which they live, in order to assist them in reducing harm. Harm Reduction is not the opposite of recovery, but rather a stop-gap that safely prevents imminent and common harms that impact our participants and the public at large.
Who we serve
The Harm Reduction Action Center provides direct services to people who inject drugs. By improving the healthcare outcomes for those most at-risk of contracting and spreading communicable disease, we also serve to improve the overall public health of the greater Denver community.
The Harm Reduction Action Center offers direct services to people who inject drugs. Learn more, here. In addition to providing direct services to people who inject drugs, the Harm Reduction Action Center is committed to educating and supporting healthcare professionals, law enforcement, and community organizations wishing to reduce the acute and chronic harms associated with drug use. We provide educational presentations to organizations on a by-request basis. Want us to visit your organization? Email us at: HRAC.Denver@gmail.com
The mission of the Harm Reduction Action Center is to educate, empower, and advocate for the health and dignity of Denver’s injection drug users, in accordance with harm reduction principles.