To all those who have helped with spreading harm reduction awareness,
I want to take the time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication to something larger than any one individual can accomplish. As the treatment landscape is ever growing and ever changing, we are at the forefront of bringing harm reduction into that landscape.
What are benzodiazepines, aka “benzos”, and why are they so dangerous? Benzodiazepines are a classification of drugs that act on the central nervous system. These drugs act as tranquilizers that are prescribed and produce sedation, muscle relaxation and lower anxiety. They may be prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, seizure control, and amnesia for uncomfortable procedures. 1
A big part of our team’s work at Harm Reduction Center is educating our community about the importance and application of harm reduction. Recently, Harm Reduction Center met with the local synagogue Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach to provide a Narcan in-service. Our team was introduced to this opportunity by Dr. Alan Goodwin who has functioned as a large part of community awareness regarding substance abuse, harm reduction and education.
The holiday season is always a trying time of the year for a recovering alcoholic or addict, whether you are new to recovery or have many years sober. It can be a season of cheer or drear but the important thing to remember is that active addiction doesn’t have any seasons only the consequences of jails, institutions and death.
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