Harm Reduction

We are a newly established organization operating under the IHC nonprofit umbrella, comprised of dedicated UCSD medical students and undergraduates. Our initiative is focused on offering support and nonjudgmental assistance to individuals navigating substance use within the San Diego community. Through our services, we aim to provide healthcare, distribute safer smoking materials, offer educational resources, and other forms of support. We also aim to reduce the spread of preventable infections and the number of fatal overdoses through education and naloxone distribution. Explore our page or get in touch with us for further information!

What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and a respect for, the rights of people who use drugs 

National Harm Reduction Coalition


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Outreach is a great way to get even more involved in Harm Reduction practices. Every Saturday, volunteers along with a trained Team Lead go out in groups in the local community to administer healthcare supplies and safer smoking kits to those in need. Want more info? Talk to one of the PM’s or med students, we’d love to answer any of your questions. Sign up for Outreach using the link below!


  • *What is an SSP?
    • An SSP is a syringe service provider…
  • What’s Naloxone
    • Naloxone – also known as narcan – is an opioid antagonistic medication used to reverse opioid overdoses. It is typically administered as a nasal spray and effects can be seen in 2-3 minutes.
  • How is harm reduction a beneficial thing?

1.) Accepts that druge use is a part of our world and chooses to work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them

2.) Understands drug use as a multifaceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors, some of which are safer than others 

3.) Established quality of life and well-being, not necessarily the cessation of drug use, as the criteria for successful interventions

4.) Calls for non0judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources

5.)Ensures that people who use drugs and those with the history of drug use have a voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them

6.) Affirms people who use drugs themselves as the primary agents of reducing the harms of their drug use and empowers them to support each other

7.) Recognizes the realities of poverty, class, racism, social isolation, gender-based discrimination, and other social inequalities affect people’s vulnerability and capacity to respond to drug harm

8.) Does not minimize or ignore the real tragic harm associated with drug use