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"Harm Reduction" Discussed At National Meth Conference

"Harm Reduction" Discussed At National Meth Conference



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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) -- Thousands are attending the National Meth Conference at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City. One solution conference goers are considering is a program called harm reduction.

Harm reduction is a program designed to help meth addicts stay safe until they attend rehab. It’s an alternative program be discussed instead of putting addicts in jail.

Diversion Program Director Seanna Williams says if meth addicts are thrown in jail they come out with the same problem. She works with prostitutes with drug problems and says harm reduction allows the person to progress on their own time instead of forcing them which she says doesn't work. “Until they make that decision, we’re going to make sure that they don’t get anything and if they have something, they’re not going to pass it on to anybody.”

Williams says if you ask meth users to stop using the drug cold, they will run away and hide. “I think there’s a misconception about harm reduction promoting drug use and turning a blind eye and saying it’s no big deal. That’s not what we’re about at all.

She says by going on their addicts pace it helps them progress better.

(Copyright KSL NewsRadio 1160)

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