The South Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is a 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.

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"The four-month-old group is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in South Carolina and throughout the American South."

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What exactly is a harm reduction coalition and how do they help serve our community? That's a great question! If you would like to know more about harm reduction coalitions and the kind of services we are working to provide to the greater South Carolina area, click on the link below.

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"The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. Death rates now rival those of AIDS during the 1990s, and with overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year, the crisis has led to urgent calls for action."

"The epidemic didn’t happen overnight. Over the course of more than a decade, it has grown into a problem destroying lives across the nation, regardless of age, race, wealth or location."

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is comprehensive harm reduction?
Harm reduction is a public health strategy to reduce negative health outcomes for persons who engage in behaviors that put them and others at risk for disease or injury.
Harm reduction strategies reduce the physical, social and economic consequences of risk behaviors, both for those who are enganged in them and for society as a whole.
  • Provides community services to hard-to-reach individuals.
  • Can help motivate individuals towards positive changes through small steps.
  • Improves the health and safety of individuals and your community.
  • Provides community services to hard-to-reach individuals.
  • Prevention of health problems, such as HIV and Hepatitis C, thus reducing health care expenditures.
No. Years of scientific research show that CHR programs do not increase drug use. In fact, many studies show that these programs actually help decrease drug use. People who participate in CHR programs are five times more likely to enter drug treatment than those who don’t.

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