WFYI Harm Reduction Project
Harm reduction is a public health approach which is being used with strong success to improve the lives of Hoosiers that use substances, including those that inject substances. Emphasizing physical health, social well-being, and quality of life, it aims to accomplish public health goals in the long term, by alleviating the immediate danger of overdose and the long-term impact of highly transmissible infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, C and HIV.
This series of video vignettes are the stories of how harm reduction efforts have changed the public health of Indiana for those who struggle with substance use disorder. Through assertive outreach in a multitude of programs, individual lives have been saved, and communities transformed.
Most of the video for this series was shot prior to the coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Any video shot after March, 2020 was conducted with appropriate health safety precautions.
WFYI created a long-edit, documentary version of the above clips, “No Harm: The Quiet Secret of Substance Use Recovery”. This documentary can be viewed online at this LINK, or by searching on the PBS streaming app on your smart television.