Harm reduction is social justice

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Harm Reduction

At Cranstoun, we mean business when we talk about harm reduction. We are committed to reducing the harms linked to substance use in every way we can imagine. From our naloxone supply, to our Buddy Up app, Diamorphine Assisted Treatment, DIVERT and injecting equipment provision, we are in the business of improving lives.

Why Cranstoun helps

Harm reduction is much more than a set of services. At Cranstoun, we believe that harm reduction is about social justice and fighting the idea that some lives are worth more than others. We believe that people do not lose their humanity, dignity or rights because of drug use. Harm reduction is not about enabling drug use, it is practical, non-judgmental and empowering. Our approach to harm reduction puts opinions aside and is informed by evidence.

How Cranstoun helps

Most people who use alcohol and other drugs do so without causing themselves or others harm. In fact, even those who do experience harm can cut down or stop using substances without seeking help from treatment services. However, there are a minority that do need some form of help, but this is no more than 10% across the world. Bruce Alexander’s famous ‘Rat Park’ experiment in the 1970’s suggests that problem substance use is largely a result of a poor environment which may explain the reason for so much drug-related harm takes place in areas with high levels of poverty. Solving this would also solve much of the harm that substances can cause.


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Drug, set, setting

There is a complex relationship between a drug, the person who uses it and the environment. These determine the overall effect of the drug including the consequences. Using a more harmful drug such as crack by injecting while alone and with poor physical and mental health will be more harmful than eating cannabis edibles with friends in a pleasant, relaxed environment.

Harm reduction

Harm reduction means to reduce the harmful effects that substance use may cause rather than stopping or even moderating the use of substances. At Cranstoun, we mean business when we talk about it. We are committed to reducing the harms associated with substance use in every way we can imagine. From our naloxone supply, to our Buddy Up app, Opioid Substitution Treatment, DIVERT and injecting equipment provision, we are in the business of improving lives.

Overdose

We fully support the development of Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) in every location they are needed across the world. We are lobbying and influencing hard on this subject, none more so than our own Peter Krykant who set up and ran the UK’s first OPS in Glasgow in 2021. Many lives were saved by this service, and many more improved.

The real problem

Cranstoun know that much of the harm of drugs is caused precisely because they are illegal. The ‘War on Drugs’ is now 51 years old and has done much to make drugs more harmful and more available, not less. Therefore diversion from the criminal justice system for drug offences is a welcome first step in reducing these harms but is not enough on its own. We’re outright calling for the abolition of the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) replaced with a legally regulated and safe supply of all drugs. Let’s remove the well-paid drugs market from the hands of organised crime gangs for once and for all – we all deserve the better society that will bring.

 

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Services

Naloxone

Naloxone

Naloxone is a drug which temporarily reverses overdoses caused by opioids like heroin. Opioid overdoses kill by shutting down the respiratory system in the brain. Naloxone simply blockades the brain’s receptors that control breathing, ensuring breathing continues.

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BuddyUp

BuddyUp

BuddyUp is a new, digital offer from Cranstoun. It's simple, people who use drugs can download the app and be connected to a Cranstoun volunteer with whom they can build a rescue plan in the event of an emergency.

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Injecting Equipment Provision

Injecting Equipment Provision

High quality and high coverage IEP is at the forefront of reducing blood borne viruses, skin and soft tissue infections and painful injections in the UK. Find out more about how Cranstoun helps.

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Overdose Prevention Centres

Overdose Prevention Centres

Overdose Prevention Centres are evidence-informed and proven to save lives and reach people where they're at. Find out more about Cranstoun and our vision to deliver OPCs.

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Wider Support

Wider Support

Cranstoun means business when we talk about harm reduction. We are committed to reducing the harms associated with substance use in every way we can imagine. From our naloxone supply, to our Buddy Up app, Diamorphine Assisted Treatment, DIVERT and injecting equipment provision we are in the business of improving lives.

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Opioid substitution

Opioid substitution

People who become dependent on opioids very often struggle to stop using street drugs like heroin without the assistance of a medication containing an opioid. Find out more about how Cranstoun helps.

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Programmes

DIVERT

DIVERT

DIVERT is Cranstoun’s pre-arrest drug diversion programme for those caught by the police in possession of small quantities of a controlled substance.

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