As the opioid epidemic has continued to worsen across Canada, and especially in BC, we knew that we needed to take creative steps to reduce the harm being caused in our community. In 2020, we formally created our Harm Reduction Team (HaRT) to provide harm reduction (including drug checking services) in the Okanagan. We partner with community members to promote socializing, using substances, and supporting loved ones in lower-risk ways

Harm Reduction is an evidence-based, client-centred approach that seeks to reduce the health and social harms associated with addiction and substance use, without necessarily requiring people who use substances from abstaining or stopping.”


HaRT’s mission regarding substance use is to decrease stigma, improve access to supports, and advocate for person-centered policies by developing resources, delivering harm reduction services, and collaborating with stakeholders through the lenses of equity, diversity and inclusion.