Mission

SOUTH CAROLINA HARM REDUCTION COALITION

Mission

The South Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is South Carolina's first comprehensive harm reduction program. SCHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services for people impacted by drug use, sex work, and overdoses.

Our mission is to encourage and motivate the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in South Carolina by means of leadership, advocacy, resource and policy development, and education.

Vision

The key to bringing people who use drugs, engage in sex work or have histories of incarceration closer to disease prevention, health services, and reduced recidivism is to treat every person, regardless of their circumstance or condition, with dignity and respect. SCHRC works to serve individuals by offering linkage to substance abuse treatment facilities, transitional housing, and offers public health resources. By developing relationships based on honesty, compassion, tolerance and cooperation, our staff and volunteers help clients live healthier and more fulfilling lives, while raising the health and safety index of the community.

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Latest News

O.D. deaths chart
S.C. teen who died of heroin overdose was never offered key addiction treatment

"Ashlyn died six months ago at the age of 18, about a year-and-a-half after trying heroin for the first time, never having tried an outpatient, medication-based treatment program that experts agree should always be presented as an option to opioid-addicted patients."

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Surgeon General discussing Narcan distribution
S.G. Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses

"The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome M. Adams, issued a national advisory Thursday urging more Americans to keep on hand and learn how to use the drug naloxone, which can save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. Naloxone has already revived thousands of overdose victims..."

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S.C. O.D. death chart
Bill would give wider access to narcan in South Carolina

"A bill which would give easier access to opioid antidotes, like narcan, has moved on to the South Carolina State Senate. 'The goal is to save lives and to get people into recovery... this bill allows approved community organizations to give out narcan, to people who need it who are going through addiction.'"

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