Jay is a chemical engineer, world traveller, and loving son. When his mother died, Jay started using substances to cope with his grief and the loss. When Jay is stigmatized for substance use, he feels small, making him less likely to seek help and much-needed connection. He wants to be treated like the adult he is. As he says, “It’s like you’re nothing.”
“People need to start treating people like people instead of looking at them like what they think they are.” – Jay
Find out below what you can do to make Kingston a kinder place for those of us impacted by substance use
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HARM REDUCTION IS FOUNDATIONAL TO SNS
According to the National Harm Reduction Coalition, harm reduction is “a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences” associated with substance use (alcohol, marijuana and drugs). Harm Reduction is “also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.” The 8 Principles of Harm Reduction are foundational to the work of Support Not stigma.
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