Reducing harm while improving health

Man in pharmacy

Trevor Bills the pharmacy manager at Life Med Pharmacy in Whitecourt, Alta. on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (photo: Whitecourt Star)

Whitecourt is part of a collection of rural towns and municipalities included in the rollout of the province’s first rural-based harm reduction program.

Sarah McNicoll, client support and outreach for Edson, Hinton, Whitecourt and area with HIV West Yellowhead, said there is a need in the region for a harm reduction program targeted at people who use injection drugs.

The program seeks to curb the health-risks associated with injection drug use by providing safer injection kits.

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