Harm Reduction & Climate Emergency Report

Higher Ground Harm Reduction (HGHR) seeks space for dignity in disaster, working to strengthen the ability of people who use drugs and community-based harm reduction programs to prepare for, respond to, and recover after climate-related and other systems-disrupting emergencies. 

In 2020 HGHR engaged Shareable, an award-winning nonprofit media outlet, action network, and consultancy promoting people-powered solutions for the common good, to co-lead a formative research project.

The primary tool used for this research was a needs assessment survey into community-based harm reduction programs’ experiences with climate emergency and systems disruption such as those seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the Spring of 2020, Shareable conducted a series of stakeholder interviews to inform the development of the survey and to test the basic premises of the research. Additionally, information gathered from the conversations with stakeholders was used to formulate the survey questions and provide qualitative data to complement the quantitative data gathered from the survey itself. 

A public version of the report and action guide will be published in January (please fill out the form below to receive a copy when it has been published).

In addition to this final report, Shareable produced a 2-part episode of The Response podcast to explore the impact of disasters on harm reduction work and to highlight how service providers are adapting.