Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention

Overdose deaths are preventable
190 people die from a preventable overdose every day
The Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention program offers evidence-based strategies that reduce the risk of dying from an overdose.
The program supports clients through:
  • Assertive outreach support.
  • Psychoeducation, intervention, harm minimisation, safety planning and overdose prevention strategies focusing on health and wellbeing.
  • Short-term intervention with support to access treatment, counselling, care and recovery coordination, inpatient and outpatient detox and rehabilitation options.
  • Priority referral pathway for individuals aged 16 and over, who are at high risk of overdose from substances using a harm reduction approach.
  • Naloxone training for individuals and families, highly effective in reversing opioid overdoses.
  • Access to needle and syringe program for safe clean injecting equipment to prevent the spread of blood-borne viruses.
  • Education and advocacy for pharmacotherapy treatment pathways.
  • Secondary consult with external clinicians and professionals regarding high-risk clients at risk of overdose including harm minimisation and treatment pathways.

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