Harm reduction works on the belief that individuals are the experts in their own lives. We help individuals who use substances to identify self-determined goals and trust them to make decisions for themselves. We create a safe space for honesty, open conversation, and connection. We help people to improve their safety and quality of life regardless of whether their goals include abstinence from substances. The City of Medford’s Harm Reduction Initiative includes the following:
The Community Recovery Coach and Community Social Worker provide education surrounding substance use & complications, and practices individuals can employ to improve their safety.
Doorknock Outreach after an Overdose Occurs
The Community Recovery Coach collaborates with the Medford Police Department’s Community Liaison Detective to perform door knocks at the homes of those who have experienced an overdose. The individual or family member is informed of Recovery Coach services and is provided naloxone.
Overdose Prevention Training
Group training for businesses
Local community groups
Naloxone Distribution Program
Free Narcan kit for those at high risk of overdose or witnessing an overdose.
Individual training on overdose signs & how to use Naloxone.
Fentanyl Test Strip Distribution
Free Fentanyl test strips for those at high risk of overdose or witnessing an overdose.
Syringe Access Programs Referrals
ACCESS Drug Users Health Program
359 Green Street,
Cambridge, MA 02139
Syringe exchange program
Distribution of Narcan
Harm reduction supplies
Weekly medical clinic
Behavioral health services and risk reduction counseling
Information and referrals to medical, substance use, and other social service providers.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Referrals
The Community Recovery Coach works one-on-one with individuals to create wellness paths and provides connections to access services including methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol.