SCO takes harm reduction approach to addictions

 By Miranda Leybourne  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Coming soon to billboards and buses in the Wheat City _ ads warning of the risk of sexually transmitted and blood-borne illnesses as the rate of HIV infection in Manitoba is high, especially among Indigenous people. The advertising campaign is part of a larger “harm reduction” drug-use strategy on the part of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization. Harm reduction is an umbrella term for an approach that aims to reduce the harms of drug use, such as the spread of infections and overdoses, without the user necessarily having to stop using. It also allows the user to access supports they need in a non-judgemental way. Harm reduction has been a major focus of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), which represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota…

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