Harm Reduction Approach to Safe Use of Heroin

Video with Chad Sambora

A harm reduction strategy is one that has worked in other countries such as Portugal. Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.

Another way to look at it is how can you keep your loved one with addiction alive until they are ready to accept or pursue recovery. It’s a way to show you love the person who is addicted and care about their safety. And often it leads to their wanting to go into recovery.


We can’t make them go into recovery.

We cannot shame them out of their drug use. That has the opposite effect of making the sufferer feel as if they are more worthless than they already feel. But we can try to keep them safe and alive until they are ready to go into recovery which we hope they do.

This is where you can get the test strips mentioned in the video. If you have a loved one addicted to heroin and you are concerned, giving them these test strips shows that you care and that they are not “disposable” because they are addicted to a drug.


I have talked about harm reduction parenting here. Not that I’m an expert. I simply want you to know it’s a strategy available to you that has shown success.

Here is the original post on facebook and the comments.


Dear Heroin, I F-ing HATE you!

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

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