Harm Reduction Resources

Here are some great resources and links from the harm reduction, drug policy reform and sex worker rights spaces. This is by no means an exhaustive list! If you’d like to be listed (or think a resource should be) please reach out to us at jill@pointsofdistribution.org.

  • Drug and Harm Reduction Information and Resources for Individuals

    Bluelight- one of the oldest message boards for drug users on the internet.

    DanceSafe- information on party and festival drugs as well as access to drug testing supplies.

    Drugwise- a UK based repository of safer drug use information.

    Erowid- probably the largest repository of factual information and personal experiences covering literally every psychoactive substance known.

    Getting Off Right- a guide to injection drug use by Sara Kershnar via the Harm Reduction Coalition; essentially the bible of safer injection practices.

    Injecting Advice- general information on safer injecting and related harm reduction practices.

    Reddit Harm Reduction Forum- Reddit listserv on harm reduction. 

    Tweaker.org- a repository of information and insights for stimulant users.

  • Harm Reduction Based Help for Changing Your Relationship with Drugs

    HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol- harm reduction-based approach to alcohol use.

    Harm Reduction Therapy Center- a full service harm reduction based therapy practice.

    Harm Reduction Works- a self-directed, self-help, harm reduction-based group model for changing your relationship with drugs. To find an existing meeting please see their Facebook group.

    The Center for Optimal Living- specializes in alternative addiction and mental health treatment aimed at empowering individuals.

  • Harm Reduction Information & Organizational Support

    AIDS United- AIDS United is dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic and provides funding focused on HIV prevention and treatment including the Syringe Access Fund.

    Balanced Imperfection- harm reduction based public health consultants focused on training, infrastructure building, strategic planning, and one-on-one and group coaching.

    Comer Family Foundation- the premier private foundation helping fund syringe access since 1992.

    Filter Magazine- an online magazine who advocates through journalism for rational and compassionate approaches to drug use, drug policy and human rights.

    Harm Reduction.EU- a European based database of information, publications and websites on harm reduction best practices.

    NASTAD- one of the largest technical assistance organizations operating in the HIV space. NASTAD has a Drug User Health Initiative

    National Harm Reduction Coalition- the largest and oldest harm reduction advocacy organization.

    Oregon Health Authority Harm Reduction and SSP Resource Directory- a database of information and publications related to syringe access and harm reduction best practices.

  • Drug and Prison Policy Reform Organizations

    Americans for Safe Access- primarily focused on marijuana policy especially related to medical cannabis.

    Center for Prison Reform- the Center for Prison Reform (CPR) works at all levels to promote positive prison reform.

    Critical Resistance- Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes folks safe.

    Drug Policy Alliance- the largest drug policy reform organization in the US.

    MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies)- focused on policy reform issues related to psychedelics especially in medicine.

    Prison Policy Initiative- focusing on prison reform through research and evidence.

    Students for Sensible Drug Policy- student organization focused on drug policy reform and young people.

    The Marshall Project- nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.

  • Prisoner and Reentry Support

    Prison Legal News is a project of the Human Rights Defense Center and straddles the line between policy and service organizations. They push for changes to prisoner treatment largely through bringing cases against  prison systems and they  publish an excellent  monthly magazine providing news and analysis of prisoners rights.

    Prison Talk is another great resource for incarcerated folks and their families to connect and share information.

    The Lionheart Foundation is dedicated to providing social emotional learning programs SEL to incarcerated adults and maintains an extensive database of reentry programs for formerly incarcerated folks.

  • Drug User Unions

    INPUD- International Network of People who Use Drugs- international association of drugs users.

    National Urban Survivors Union- the largest national drug user union.

    New England Users Union- Massachusetts based user union.

    San Francisco Drug Users Union- SF based drug user run organization.

    VANDU- the oldest drug user union in North America and based in Vancouver, BC.

  • Safer Sex Work Information and Resources

    HIPS- harm reduction-based organization serving sex workers in our nation’s capital.

    International Union of Sex Workers- an international sex worker advocacy and labor rights organizing body.

    Red Umbrella Project-NYC based project giving voice to sex workers.

    Sex Workers Outreach Project- Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national network of chapters dedicated to the human rights of people involved in sex work focusing on ending violence and stigma.

    St. James Infirmary- created by and for sex workers SJI is the only occupational safety and health clinic for sex workers in the world and they publish a resource guide for sex workers.

    The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)- upholds the voice of sex workers globally and connects regional networks advocating for the rights of all sex workers.

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