The Role of Prevention in Harm Reduction Efforts

The Great Lakes PTTC is committed to helping the substance misuse prevention workforce to understand its role in harm reduction efforts. The following are resources and tools to assist preventionists in understanding harm reduction and how prevention can best enhance harm reductions efforts in their local communities.


What is it?

What Is Harm Reduction?

  • Video: What is Harm Reduction? (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
    Harm reduction is defined as interventions aimed to help people avoid negative effects of drug use, but many understand harm reduction as a way to meet people where they are with kindness and respect. In this video, we hear from people who use drugs, people who are in recovery, and harm reduction professionals on what harm reduction is (and isn’t) in their own words.
  • Video: Harm Reduction 101 (Harm Reduction Action Center)
    What is harm reduction? Harm reduction is a public health philosophy and intervention that seeks to reduce the harms associated with drug use and ineffective drug policies.
  • Webinar series: Intersection of Prevention, Recovery, and Harm Reduction - Part 1 - Part 2
    The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence collaborated with the Prevention Technology Transfer Center to host two webinars around the intersection of prevention, recovery, and harm reduction.


Learn about it.

What Is the Link Between Prevention and Harm Reduction?


Take action.

Taking Action

  • Action Steps for Prevention Practitioners to Enhance Harm Reduction Efforts  [click "Download" to access file]
    This succinct “job aid” created by the Great Lakes PTTC provides a checklist of actions that prevention practitioners can take to enhance harm reduction efforts.
  • Substance Misuse Prevention’s Role in Harm Reduction – PowerPoint Slide Deck  [click "Download" to access file]  
    This PowerPoint slide deck created by the Great Lakes PTTC can be used by prevention practitioners to educate their stakeholders, coalition members, and others on prevention’s role in enhancing harm reduction efforts. Facilitation tips are included in the notes section of each slide.
  • Intersection of Prevention, Recover, and Harm Reduction Learning Lab Tool Kit
    Prevention practitioners can use this toolkit and PowerPoint slides to facilitate learning communities to help break down silos and nurture relationships between the fields of harm reduction, prevention, and recovery. The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence in collaboration with the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network, developed this companion product for the webinar series the Intersection of Harm Reduction, Prevention, and Recovery.
  • Using the Socio-Ecological Model To Develop Complementary Substance Misuse Prevention and Harm Reduction Efforts [click "Download" to access file]  
    This planning tool assists substance misuse prevention practitioners and harm reductionists in creating a complementary approach to prevention and harm reduction to reach people with different levels and types of risk in multiple social contexts.


Resources in the Great Lakes Region

Resources on Harm Reduction in the Great Lakes Region


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