Harm Reduction

Lowering the risk of overdose through non-judgmental practices

Harm Reduction Outreach

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San Rafael


Campaña de Reducción de Daños

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San Rafael


What is harm reduction?

Harm reduction has had its spot in multiple movements during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Some of the first harm reduction models emerged during the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Harm reduction emphasizes engaging directly with people who use drugs to prevent overdose and infectious disease transmission; improve physical, mental, and social wellbeing; and offer low barrier options for accessing health care services, including substance use and mental health disorder treatment.

Harm reduction strategies:

  • Community education
  • Keeping NARCAN on hand
  • Reducing infectious disease transmission among people who use drugs by equipping them with sterile supplies such as glassware and providing clean needle exchanges
  • Reducing overdose deaths, promote linkages to care, facilitate co-location of services as part of a comprehensive, integrated approach.
  • Reducing stigma associated with substance use

Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl test strips (FTS) are a low-cost method of helping prevent drug overdoses and reducing harm. FTS are small strips of paper that can detect the presence of fentanyl in all different kinds of drugs (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc.) and drug forms (pills, powder, and injectables).

Here are some places you can get them locally in Marin and online:

Ritter Center
16 Ritter St., San Rafael
Daily 8:30am – 4:30pm
Available in outdoor OD Emergency Kit & vending machine

Multicultural Center of Marin
709 Fifth Ave., San Rafael
Tues / Wed 9:00am – 5:30pm
Available at front desk

Individual and bulk fentanyl test strips available to purchase.
Wholesale pricing available to social service agencies distributing fentanyl test strips for free.

Additional Resources

never use alone logo / 1-800-484-3731
Never Use Alone: National Overdose Prevention Lifeline / 1-800-484-3731
National Harm Reduction Coalition logo
National Harm Reduction Coalition