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Welcome to THRA

Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA) is a coalition of people who use drugs, workers, students, researchers, academics and allies who believe in Harm Reduction as a philosophy. We are advocates working to reduce the harms associated with the criminalization of drug use.

Overdose death is preventable. Decriminalize all drugs.

Harm Reduction saves lives.

Rally at Minister of Long-term Care, Eric Hoskins’s Office, Summer 2017

Blog

  • Drug Fact of the Week: What’s in a “Stem” Kit? Why? By Harm Reduction Educators Steff Pinch and Marissa Martins Many community health centres that serve people who use drugs distribute harm reduction kits. One example of these kits are “stem” kits, also known as crack kits. These kits are available for free and are meant to give folks safe, sterile supplies ...
  • Drug Fact of the Week: Drug Checking Saves Lives By Harm Reduction Educators Steff Pinch and Marissa Martins Current drug laws have created a high demand for substances with little oversight or quality control. When a controlled substance is bought, like alcohol, there are regulations and laws that make sure consumers know what they are taking. Labeling is required to ...
  • Drug Fact of the Week: The Case for Needle Exchange Programs By Harm Reduction Educators Steff Pinch and Marissa Martins WHAT IS A NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM (NEP)? A needle exchange program is a harm reduction initiative that that provides injection drug users with sterile hypodermic needles and safer injection supplies (alcohol swabs, sterile waters, medical-grade tourniquets, etc.) at a reduced cost, or for ...

News & Events

  • April and May 2018 Harm Reduction News Push for rescue breathing in Overdose response causes changes in kits: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ontario-changes-rescue-breathing-opioid-overdoses-1.4608089 April 10th 2018 Find out where to get a Naloxone kit You can also learn more about Naloxone on our blog. Moss Park OPS moving inside end of June: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/moss-park-ops-indoors-1.4658552 May 11th 2018 Federal Government announces needle exchange programs in prisons: https://globalnews.ca/news/4208380/feds-prison-needle-exchange-program/ May 14th 2018 ...
  • June 2018 Harm Reduction News What Doug Ford as Premier could mean for safer injection sites and harm reduction in Ontario: https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2018/06/10/with-doug-ford-as-premier-city-braces-for-fight-over-supervised-injection-services.html June 11th 2018 Anti-Ford protesters gather in front of his campaign office: https://nowtoronto.com/news/ontario-election-2018-doug-ford-protest/ June 6th 2018 Get more harm reduction news on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Fighting for space: a book launch and harm-reduction history Book Launch: Fighting for space: a book launch and harm-reduction history March 19th 6:30-9:00 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and event begins at 7 p.m. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street – FREE event, everyone is welcome – Description: Through the 1990s, Vancouver experienced a drug crisis similar to the epidemic that Canada struggles with today. ...