In 2021, opioid use and overdose crises hit more Indigenous communities. The IRG collected some key resources for a client to support communities in rapid response to OD risk, with a harm reduction approach.
Harm reduction is a variety of strategies that includes safer use, managed use, abstinence, meeting people who use drugs “where they’re at,” and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve people who use drugs reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction. In short, harm reduction in an opioid use crisis or any kind of mental health crisis is focussed on keeping people safe by reducing risks and strengthening community assets.
These resources are made available here in memory of nephew Luke Armstrong who was lost on September 30, 2022.
This is a collection of resources for Indigenous communities to use as they wish covering the basics of harm reduction in addictions, suicide prevention, community development and planning, and healing.
Please feel free to email additional resources for sharing.