At the FNHA, we see drug use as a health issue rather than a moral issue. We encourage you to adopt a harm reduction approach in your life and to have conversations about how to keep yourself, family members and friends safe.
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People who use substances are trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep themselves and their communities safe. Yet at times, practising COVID-19 safety protocols (such as physical distancing), conflicts with some harm reduction practices (such as not using alone). Using drugs alone has always been dangerous – and now it is even more deadly than it used to be.
Safety planning for drug use is an important as ever. Using substances with a friend is still safer than using alone – even during COVID-19. Be sure to do your best to keep two metres apart. Carry a naloxone kit and know how to use it (see Get Help).
Harm reduction services have expanded during the pandemic, including ways to minimize the risks of using substances. The information and resources on this site are here to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
The FNHA has produced two new mini-posters and factsheets preventing overdose during COVID-19:
Providing Rescue Breaths Is Still Safe – "How can I respond to overdose safely?"
Prepare Your Drugs Yourself – "How can I practise safer drug use during the COVID-19 pandemic?"
The FNHA's “Increase the Support. Reduce the Harm" video series features Indigenous people talking about harm reduction and the impact of toxic drugs in their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Choose an individual video from the list or go to the complete playlist.
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