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Harm Reduction Institute

American Addiction Institute has recently formed its own harm reduction program to cast a wider and more effective net to improve the health of people suffering from addiction. HRI strives to meet the most marginalized and ostracized members of our community where they are at in life and provide judgement-free, empathetic, supportive, and needed medical outreach to mitigate the greater health and social consequences of addiction. We contend that providing harm reduction services amid the largest opiate epidemic in our nation’s history will: improve public health, build a supportive and loving community, and achieve superior health care outcomes with respect to addiction. HRI’s focus is keeping our patients as healthy as possible so they can enter addiction treatment when they are ready.

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What is Harm Reduction?: 

Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.

Harm Reduction Institute Principles

HRI Principles: 

  1. Health care is a human right 
  2. Harm reduction is health care 
  3. Addiction is best treated with compassionate and routine care 
  4. Everyone is deserving of the best health care possible 
  5. Improving the health of those suffering from addiction, improves the health of our community 

Now Offering: Holistic Point of Care Evaluations

We are excited to provide pro-bono health care evaluations at HRI. Evaluations include a patient history and relevant exams to ensure that our patients are connected directly to the resource they need more. Please contact Mahan Naeim (818-357-9623) in order to schedule your evaluation!

Goals (All Services Pro-Bono): 

  1. Collection and safe disposal of used injection supplies 
  2. Hepatitis C Testing 
  3. Hepatitis C Treatment 
  4. HIV Testing
  5. Narcan Training and Distribution 
  6. Wound Care 
  7. Referral to Needed Services 
  8. Advocacy to Address the Sociological Causes of Addiction, Homelessness, and Health Disparities 
  9. Building of community through educational workshops and outreach 

Source: https://harmreduction.org/about-us/principles-of-harm-reduction/