About HACHR Services

The Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) is a syringe exchange and naloxone distribution program predominantly run by peers who, much like the organizations consumers, also use substances.  Our organization began in 2014 by doing educational outreach and forming the internal structure of our organization. By 2015 we had started distributing supplies and community education, including panels with local stakeholders, dialogue-invoking outreach events. In 2016, HACHR had received city authorization for a syringe exchange program and received a standing order for Naloxone distribution. 

HACHR is committed to community outreach and has prioritized the collaboration with and education of local stakeholders regarding best practices in harm reduction.

Defining Our Services

Syringe Exchange Program: According to the Center for Disease Control, Syringe Exchange Programs (SEPs) provide free sterile syringes and collect used syringes from injection-drug users (IDUs) to reduce transmission of bloodborne pathogens, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

Naloxone Distribution Program: In countries around the world, Naloxone Distribution Programs have trained drug users, their families and friends to identify the signs of overdose, administer naloxone, and ultimately, save lives. These efforts have reversed tens of thousands of overdoses, and show that drug users and their communities can take positive steps to protect their health (Open Society Foundations 2017).

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