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Northern Panhandle Harm Reduction & Recovery Alliance

The Northern Panhandle Harm Reduction & Recovery Alliance serves as a hub for information and referrals to harm reduction and recovery services in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall & Wetzel counties. Funding for Region 1 services is provided by a State Opioid Response grant through the WV Office of Behavioral Health, the WV Office of Public Health and WV Office of Drug Control Policy.


Harm Reduction & Recovery Alliance Quarterly Meeting

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For Help & Information, Contact:

Martha Polinsky, Office of Drug Control Policy Regional Coordinator

E-mail: mpolinsky@ysswv.com

304-218-2811

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What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction is a set of practical, public health strategies designed to reduce the negative consequences of drug use and promote healthy individuals and communities. It is non-judgmental, non-stigmatizing engagement of people who use drugs with the sole intent to reduce harm.

What are Examples of Harm Reduction Strategies?

  • Collection and safe disposal of used syringes
  • Distribution of sterile injection equipment
  • HIV/HCV education
  • Overdose education and naloxone distribution
  • Condom distribution
  • Linkage to needed services, e.g. treatment for substance use disorders
  • HIV, HCV, STI testing
  • Wound care
  • Reproductive health services
  • Substance use disorder treatment planning

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