Drugs & Alcohol
Drugs and alcohol have a steady presence in our society and culture. In addition to having wide-ranging effects on individual behavior, social interactions and our communities as a whole–the assumptions and perceptions that accompany different drugs vary widely as well.
How we understand the roles that drugs and alcohol play in our society, and their effects on individuals, influences how we manage their use and mitigate the damage that they can cause to our ability to function in the world, to our relationships, and to ourselves.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF HARM REDUCTION
Harm reduction is a guiding set of strategies that can be applied to drug and alcohol use. Central to the idea of harm reduction is that, for better or worse, drugs and alcohol play a role in our world, culture and society. Instead of ignoring drug use or attempting to keep people from using drugs and alcohol, harm reduction strategies are offered without judgement to reduce the negative consequences associated with drugs and alcohol.
Harm reduction strategies can include reducing use, managing use, substituting one drug for another, complete abstinence, and more.
People who use drugs and alcohol are people first, and they deserve respect and dignity no matter what substances they use, how they use them, or for how long. We help people who use drugs to pick evidence-based strategies to reduce the harm that drugs and alcohol can cause.
Syringe Access & Safer Drug Use
We provide safer drug use supplies to people who inject or use other substances in order to prevent the transmission of HIV, hepatitis C and other infectious diseases.
Drug & Alcohol Counseling
We provide non-judgmental, harm reduction-based drug and alcohol counseling and drop-in services for people interested in addressing their substance use. Treatment is a partnership, individually tailored to address each participant’s goals and needs wherever they are in their experience with alcohol and drugs.
Harm reduction for transgender and non-binary communities
Harm reduction is a critical public health strategy when it comes to ensuring healthier and longer lives for transgender and non-binary people.
Harm Reduction: Xylazine
Xylazine is a veterinary anesthetic used to sedate animals of all sizes during surgery and...
Safer drug use campaigns highlight strength, resilience, and power
"No te pases" and "Trans Together" share safer drug use and overdose prevention information with Bay Area audiences.
Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention: Responding to Overdose
Responding to Opioid Overdose
Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention: Safer Use
Using drugs more safely
Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention: Poppers & Whippits
Poppers are a slang for chemicals called “alkyl nitrates” or “nitrates.”
Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention: Crack
Crack cocaine is a crystalized form of cocaine that is smoked.
Harm Reduction & Overdose Prevention: Cocaine
Cocaine is a stimulant drug that many of us use to increase our energy and to feel good.