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Harm Reduction 101 with Jessica Nagel

A lot of people connect harm reduction with syringe exchanges, places that legally provide clean needles to IV drug users. Many ask, “Aren't you condoning IV drug use? You're contributing to the problem.” In fact, providing clean needles is positive; it reduces a user’s chance of contracting or transmitting serious diseases. Many people are judgmental. It’s important to take away judgment and start having new conversations, to ask people what's going on with them, and to build relationships instead of pointing at them as society tends to do.

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