Welcome to Harm Reduction Services! We are glad you found us – HRS is a Harm Reduction-based non-profit organization that offers a non-judgmental, non-threatening delivery of public health-centered services and resources. Services include but are not limited to Medical Case Management, HIV/Hep C Testing, Syringe Exchange, and much more. Here at HRS, we have a genuine passion for promoting health and hope without limits for all people through Harm Reduction, so all of our services are free and strictly confidential.
Our Mission is to improve the health and well-being of people affected by drug use in Sacramento and surrounding areas, to increase access to health care, empower people to protect themselves, and educate each other to reduce harm in our communities.
What exactly do you mean by “Harm Reduction?”
Harm Reduction is grounded in justice and human rights – it focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgment, or discrimination. It is the belief that making practical, safer, and realistic steps toward reducing one’s harm will create long-term positive change in individuals. The primary goal of harm reduction is to reduce the negative effects that may be experienced with substance use while not challenging a person’s right to use substances. The secondary goal is to provide people with resources when they do decide they would like to stop using substances. The underlying principle behind harm reduction is that the use of drugs does not mean people forfeit their human rights.
“Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.” — Harm Reduction Coalition