Gerstein Crisis Centre recognize that inequities in access to health care are prevalent for those who use drugs, and that these disparities are further exacerbated by the social determinants of health, including inadequate housing, poverty, unemployment and the lack of social support. Often mental health and substance use issues
We believe that harm reduction is part of a comprehensive health-care response to the health and social harms experienced by people who use substances, and that it complements abstinence, prevention and treatment strategies for substance use.
Harm reduction emphasizes human rights and the importance of treating all people with respect, dignity and compassion, regardless of drug use. It is a non-judgmental approach that accepts the person as they are and their right to make choices.