To facilitate and support research, education, and networks to promote harm reduction and support nurses in their efforts to integrate harm reduction into their practice. We seek to bring nurses' voices to important conversations around drug policy and substance use.
For harm reduction to be seen as an essential part of nursing practice.
To advocate for harm reduction as an integral aspect of safe, compassionate, evidence-based, and ethical care in Alberta
ANCHR aims to create a culturally safe space for nurses to engage with harm reduction practices
To provide resources and learning opportunities to Alberta nurses interested in furthering their understanding of harm reduction
To bring together and foster a network of nurses interested in harm reduction and harm reduction related policies
To support nurses in their efforts to integrate harm reduction into their practice
To represent nursing voices at important conversations around drug policies and substance use at stakeholder tables
We define 'harm reduction' as an essential part of nursing practice and a client-centred approach to care. It recognizes people who use substances as experts in their own lives who are best positioned to know how to achieve their self-determined goals. Harm reduction aims to reduce the health, social, and economic harms that come from prohibition and substance use, without necessarily reducing consumption.