An Overview on HACHR
The Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) seeks to contribute to a healthy and happy community for all people who live in Humboldt County. We use evidence based strategies to meet people who use drugs where they are and help them move toward a healthier, more stable life through the power of community and advocacy.
For more information, check out our program brochure here.
Overamping is the term we use to describe an “overdose” on speed or cocaine. Overamping means a lot of things. Sometimes it is physical, when our bodies don’t feel right. Other times it is psychological, like paranoia, anxiety or psychosis—or a mixture of the two. It’s complicated because sometimes one person considers something overamping, and the other person considers it just part of the high.
Rotate your spot! When you stick a needle in your skin, it leaves a hole that has to heal. The same is true with your veins! You can keep your veins in good shape if you let the spot heal before you hit on it again.
Drugs taken together can interact in ways that increase their overall effect. Many overdoses occur when people mix heroin or prescription opioids and/or alcohol with benzodiazepines such as Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax. Most fatal overdoses are the result of poly-drug use.
For more information, check out our brochure on Drug Mixing.
If you find yourself in a situation where you absolutely must use someone else’s works or they must use yours, you can reduce the likelihood of disease transmission by carefully cleaning the equipment before you use it.
For more information, check out our brochure on Bleach Kits.
Hepatitis C is a progressive disease which frequently has few or no symptoms and can progress without signs for decades. Most patients with chronic hepatitis C are asymptomatic until serious liver complications arise.
For more information, check out our brochure on Hepatitis C.
Always act! Even if you’re not sure if someone is overdosing, act like their life depends on it. It does! Call 9-1-1, administer naloxone, and perform rescue breathing. Don’t ever leave someone alone!
For more information, check out our brochure on Naloxone.
Foot care is very important for folks who use drugs and/or who are without homes. Taking care of your feet can mean wearing the right shoes and socks, or caring for blisters and fungus.
For more information, check out our brochure on Foot Care.