Reducing social harms through social harm reduction centers

The head of the Addiction Prevention and Treatment Development Center of State Welfare Organization said that after identifying the hangouts and gathering places of addicts and sleeping pills and high-risk, the mentioned centers will be established to provide harm reduction services."

According to ISNA, Fatemeh Rezvan Madani, head of the Center for Addiction Prevention and Treatment Development of the Welfare Organization in response to the question of how effective the existence of these centers in reducing social harms, given the performance of harm reduction centers such as shelters and DICs over the past few years have been? He told ISNA: "In evaluating harm reduction programs, it was found that many clients welcomed this program and because of providing access, completely deprived people who are from the lowest strata of society have been able to use these services."

HIV control following the implementation of harm reduction programs

 According to him, in the field of disease transmission, in the HIV sector and the rapid growth that existed about 10 to 12 years ago, due to harm reduction programs, concerns about the growth of this disease are less and the disease is controlled.

Injury reduction centers; A successful example that has been introduced through international organizations in the world.

 According to Dr. Rezvan Madani, harm reduction centers in the international self-assessment program have been introduced as a successful example through international organizations in the region and the world, and therefore have tried to have dynamic performance and new services including mobile centers, harm reduction stations and centers.

The head of the Addiction Prevention and Treatment Development Center of State Welfare Organization, stating that in the harm reduction program, the area where the harm reduction activity is to be performed must be evaluated and reviewed, and no services are provided before the evaluation. There are places where addicted and high-risk people are present so that they can use these services. In fact, the teams go to the hangouts and hot spots where the rallies are located and provide services, and this is something that has shown over time how well the program has been received, even despite the arrest of open police for their They have a history of our services coming to our centers.

He continues: "Therefore, harm reduction centers cannot cause people to gather for a while, but first, in assessments and locations, gathering areas and hangouts are identified, and the establishment of centers and the provision of services based on that area is activated, but unfortunately people think that the cause of gathering of people in these areas is due to harm reduction centers, while the issue is the opposite, and if high-risk places or people are not identified and do not exist, services will not be provided and the centers will not be activated.

Rezvan Madani goes on to give brief definitions of harm reduction programs and says: Harm reduction programs are policies, programs and interventions that are done with the primary goal of reducing health, social and economic consequences following the use of legal/illegal psychedelics and necessarily by reducing consumption. In this way, both the consumer and the family and the community benefit from the harm reduction program.

The head of the Addiction Prevention and Treatment Development Center of State Welfare Organization further explains about the increase or decrease of the number of these centers in the country as follows: It seems that the same number of centers that exist is enough; Centers may even shrink, as many of these people seek treatment. Even in these centers, such people are referred to medical centers, and there is even a system in which the details of these people are recorded in this system.

Rezvan Madani continues: Therefore, harm reduction centers have a great impact on the ability of people and is one of the pillars of addiction control and demand reduction; So reducing harm not only does not increase the number of vulnerable people, it also reduces their number.

Providing services to our homeless addicts cannot increase the harm The head of the Welfare Organization's Addiction Prevention and Treatment Development Center believes that the issue of studying the sleep deprivation and homelessness of addicts who have suffered severe injuries is never a matter of service to them, because these people have such serious problems and their problems have other roots including personal and family problems. ,have a community and a community that has come here, otherwise providing service on its own cannot increase this damage.

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