New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalitionis creating a unified harm reduction movement in the Garden State
Every dollar counts as we work towards securing a sustainable supply of Naloxone for PWUD in New Jersey. NJHRC is a community, and we so appreciate your monthly support! Thank you!
Your monthly donation helps provide a good amount supplies for our overdose response kits and fentanyl test kits, which are distributed during outreach. NJHRC is a community, and we so appreciate your monthly support! Thank you!
About New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition
We are advocates and organizers advancing harm reduction and equitable drug policy reform in New Jersey. We are people who use drugs, people in recovery, and people impacted by the War on Drugs and overdose deaths. We are family members, neighbors, and community leaders united in our commitment to the philosophy and practice of harm reduction.
Our Mission Statement
We promote harm reduction by distributing naloxone, fentanyl test strips, and other harm reduction supplies through peer-led programs, advocating for syringe access expansion and equitable drug policy reform, and organizing to build power among people directly harmed by overdose and the War on Drugs.
We work in coalition (which we define as “coming together for combined action”) to create a New Jersey that values the safety and dignity of people who use drugs, and to make evidence-based harm reduction public health resources widely available.
What Is Harm Reduction
Harm reduction is a proven public health strategy that promotes the dignity and bodily autonomy of people who use drugs. Harm reduction recognizes that most dangers faced by people who use drugs are results of structural determinants of health and the criminalization of drug use. Harm reduction is a person-centered approach that prioritizes health and safety above abstinence and judgment.
To borrow from Drug Policy Alliance, "Harm reduction is a set of ideas and interventions that seek to reduce the harms associated with both drug use and ineffective, racialized drug policies." This means advocating for: "accurate, fact-based drug education; drug-related illness and injury prevention; overdose death prevention; effective, evidence-based drug treatment for problematic use; and repairing the harms of racialized drug policies, which are focused on enforcement and incarceration rather than public health"
What Do We Do
Our main initiative right now is naloxone (a.k.a. Narcan) distribution and overdose prevention education to populations who are most likely to witness or experience an overdose- this includes people who use drugs, people in recovery, people who were recently released from incarceration, people who have recently experienced an overdose, and friends/family of all of the above.
In addition, we provide education such as Overdose Prevention Education, Naloxone trainings, and Harm Reduction 101.
We also advocate for the expansion of syringe access programs and equitable drug policy in New Jersey.