Video: Harm Reduction – Theory and Practice

This video, presented by the AHS Harm Reduction Services Team and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, defines harm reduction and provides an overview of this public health approach in programs and practice.

Examples of harm reduction services available in the community as well as practical strategies to use when caring for people who use substances will be discussed for how Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) can address this in their practice.

The topics of stigma, trauma, social determinants of health, and culture will be discussed with respect to their impact on health outcomes. After watching, LPNs should have a better understanding of what “meeting people where they’re at” means through careful consideration of a person’s lived experience when planning and providing care.

Related – Alberta’s Opioid Crisis: An Ongoing Public Health Concern (CARE Magazine, Spring-Summer 2021)


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8 Responses to “Video: Harm Reduction – Theory and Practice”

  1. I find the information on the video quite helpful in supporting harm reduction

  2. This Information has been very helpful as i work with a lot of patients on substances.

  3. Very informative and a great reminder of “meeting people where they are at” .

  4. This is very informative especially “what is okay to say last year might not be okay this year”. it is very helpful recognizing and supporting drug users. Asking open ended questions and clear inclusive languages, understanding to meet people where they are.