Transforming Lives for Healthier Communities.

The Harm Reduction Program works to reduce substance-related harm while enhancing individual, family, and community wellness. We strive to accomplish this work by providing individuals who use substances services in a culturally respectful and responsive manner.

About the Harm Reduction Program

Harm reduction is a model of practical principles and strategies that aim to reduce the negative consequences and risks of substance use. It is a person-centered approach which seeks to meet individuals “where they are” by providing services that meet their current needs and circumstances without judgment.

Program Goals

Educate participants on how potential harm associated with 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
    • Other diseases such as endocarditic and septicemia
    • Reducing overdose death

Facilitate access to other health-related services including traditional preventative and primary medical care, as well as alternative healthcare resources

Direct and refer participants to additional substance use treatment programs when requested.

Link participants to behavioral health care and social services such as housing, counseling services, benefit programs, and other supportive services

Support participants by providing professional and evidence-based services


  • Safer use equipment including sterile injecting, smoking, and inhalation supplies
  • Overdose prevention training
  • Naloxone and fentanyl test strip distribution
  • Home delivery supply services and overdose prevention training (in some areas)
  • Community health and social services referrals
  • Primary medical care referrals and direct service
  • Assistance with food support, substance use treatment, clothing, and housing
  • Training for law enforcement regarding the New Mexico Harm Reduction Act, including the public health benefits of overdose prevention education and harm reduction programs
  • Syringes for people who use insulin if they cannot otherwise obtain or afford them

Individuals and Groups Served

  • People who use substances
  • Commercial sex workers
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness/housing insecurity
  • Individuals who have been recently incarcerated

Trainings We Offer

Harm Reduction Certification
This 8-hour training is geared towards individuals who are looking to become a certified harm reduction specialist and work or volunteer with a harm reduction program.

Overdose Prevention & Response
This 1-hour training is geared towards schools, agencies, groups and organizations looking to gain basic education on opioid overdose prevention and response using naloxone

If you are interested in scheduling a training for your group, school, agency, or organization, please email

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