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Harm Reduction Program

The Harm Reduction Program works to reduce substance-related harm while enhancing individual, family, and community wellness. This is accomplished through the provision of linguistically appropriate and culturally competent services to individuals who inject substances.


About Us

Goals

  • Educate participants how potential harm associated with injection substance use and other related activities can be reduced. This includes:
    • Transmission of bloodborne infections such as hepatitis C and HIV;
    • Physical injury such as abscesses and damage to veins; and,
    • Other diseases such as endocarditic and septicemia.
  • Facilitate access to other health-related services including traditional preventive and primary medical care, as well as alternative healthcare resources.
  • Act to navigate and refer participants to additional substance use treatment programs when requested.
  • Help to link participants to behavioral health care and social services such as housing, counseling services, benefit programs, and other supportive services.
  • Support participants within the parameters of providing professional services.

Services

  • Syringe services (including syringe exchange) & related harm reduction services.
  • Overdose prevention training.
  • Naloxone distribution.
  • Auricular detoxification treatment.
  • Complementary medicine interventions using a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and community traditional healers.
  • Home delivery syringe services and overdose prevention training (in some areas).
  • Community health and social service referrals.
  • Primary medical care referrals and direct service (in some areas).
  • Buprenorphine opiate substitution therapy referrals (in some areas).
  • Training for law enforcement regarding the New Mexico Harm Reduction Act, including the public health benefits of syringe services, overdose prevention education, and harm reduction programs.
  • Assistance in food support, substance use treatment, medical services, clothing, and housing.
  • Provides syringes to people who use insulin if they cannot otherwise afford or obtain them.

Who We Serve

  • Individuals injecting substances
  • Commercial sex workers
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Individuals who have been incarcerated
  • Individuals using crack-cocaine, methamphetamine, or other substances

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Statutes, Regulations, Guidelines, & Standing Orders

New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978

New Mexico Administrative Code

  • NMAC 7.32.7 — Overdose Prevention and Education Program Authorization for Opioid Antagonists
  • NMAC 7.4.6 — These regulations govern the operation of harm reduction programs for the purpose of sterile hypodermic syringe and needle exchange, education to participants, and referral to further substance treatment pursuant to the Harm Reduction Act.

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New Mexico Harm Reduction Mailing List

To join the New Mexico Harm Reduction List-serve for updates about the program, Please send an email with "Subscribe" in the Subject line (without quotes) to nm-harm-reduction-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Then, follow the instructions sent by email to confirm joining the List-serve.

Additional Group Email Addresses

  • Subscribe: nm-harm-reduction-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  • Unsubscribe: nm-harm-reduction-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
  • Post Message: nm-harm-reduction@yahoogroups.com
  • List Owner: nm-harm-reduction-owner@yahoogroups.com

Community-based website offering resources and information about HIV, STDs, Viral Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction services across New Mexico. This searchable guide will help you find the best and most appropriate services in your area.

Resource Guide

To find a harm reduction, syringe exchange or overdose prevention (Narcan) program near you, visit our HIV/STD/Hepatitis Resource Guide.

This valuable community based website offering resources and information about services related to HIV, STDs, Viral Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction.

It features a searchable guide that will help you find the best and most appropriate services in your area.


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