Harm reduction in prisons

Every person who uses drugs should have access to health care and harm reduction programs that meet their needs. However, prisoners who use drugs are currently denied access to sterile syringes, which has resulted in HIV and Hep-C among prisoners to be 10 and 30 times higher than the general population. Therefore, Pivot, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, and West Coast Prison Justice Society are intervening in a case aimed at upholding prisoners’ constitutional right to access clean syringes, and to be free from the threat of preventable infection.