Treatment and Other Referral Expediting Service (TORES)

CRA’s Treatment and Other Referral Expediting Service (TORES) which assist people access the risk reduction service of their choosing. CRA recognizes that risk reduction is a process that involves many different areas and an effective referral system is crucial for any one component in order to be an effective service provider.

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Volunteer Management Guide

CRA operates a volunteer-based program of Harm Reduction Outreach with syringe exchange. Accordingly, the utmost attention is paid to the volunteer base of CRA. While CRA’s Guidelines and Operating Procedures spells out the specifics of on-site work for volunteers, this Volunteer Orientation Guide describes the specific plans CRA has for recruiting, training, supporting and assisting the growth of CRA volunteers.

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Substance use management: a harm reduction-principled approach to assisting the relief of drug-related problems

Abstract: Disease (particularly HIV) has increased our motivation to reconsider how the current help system deals with drug-related problems. A more concrete focus on disease prevention as an additional goal has, for many, lead to a reevaluation of the goals of drug help work. Such a critical examination shows how much there is to improve within the system even in the absence of blood borne disease. Integrating the heart of harm reduction–respecting work on any positive change as a person defines it for his/herself–into treatment fashions a health sensitive alternative to the predominant practice of abstinence-only assistance for the relief of drug problems.

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Overdose Prevention and Response

This book, created by experienced overdose trainers and reviewed by peers and medical professionals, is intended as a resource for the development and implementation of overdose prevention and response programs by drug user activist groups and harm reduction organizations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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New Overdose Prevention Law in Illinois

Drug overdose is recognized as a significant problem in Illinois. The Public Act 096-0361 (20 ILCS 301/5-23 new) took effect on January 1, 2010, and making it legal in Illinois for non-medical persons to administer naloxone to another individual in order to prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal.

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Prescribing Naloxone to Actively Injecting Heroin Users: A Program to Reduce Heroin Overdose Deaths

Abstract:Heroin overdose deaths have increased alarmingly in Chicago over the past decade. Naloxone, an opioid antagonist with no abuse potential, has been used to reverse opiate overdose in emergency medical settings for decades. We describe here a program to educate opiate users in the prevention of opiate overdose and its reversal with intramuscular naloxone.

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