I think about harm reduction all the time. Narcan, clean needles, alcohol swabs, not using alone, needle exchanges, blood tests, regular doctors visits, clean skin and much more. How can we make sure that those we love are practicing harm reduction? We can help them ourselves if there is not a needle exchange. We can point them in the right direction. We can love them where they are at so they feel safe and comfortable coming to us if they need help.
You know what gets me? I saw a meme on facebook about how expensive an Epi Pen is to help someone who is having an allergic reaction and how a “junkie who OD’d get narcan for free and it is wrong. How the hell can giving a life saving medication to anyone be wrong? Regardless of the cost?
This really got me worked up. Kids as young as 10 years old are using heroin and opiates where I live. Do they not deserve to live just as much as someone who is having an allergic reaction is? How can humans be so judgemental? As far as I know there is only one judge and that is GOD and he offers grace and love to his children and that means EVERYONE. He gave his one and only Son for each of us.
I went to this AWESOME training this past week. The presenter talked about how everyone WANTS to and CAN recover with the right support. It takes love, support, grace and a lot of patience to support someone in active substance use disorder trying to get well. THEY CAN AND DO RECOVER!! So…. harm reduction is vital during their active use times.