CUT’s main field activity remains the needle exchange (NEP) program. We have launched the first NEP in 2006. In 2009 after the opening of our premises, we started opening more NEP sites.
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STORY ABOUT US
FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, – (“We meet drug users where they’re at,”) – addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Indeed there is no universal definition or permanent formula for implementing harm reduction. “What matters is life”
WHAT WE DO
CUT is to advocate and offer evidence-based Harm-Reduction services to People Who Use Drugs, in order to promote the economic, health, and social well-being of the Nation.
HOW WE WORK
The Community Container was launched as a pilot phase in 2011 with a team of 6 people, including a Health care Assistant. A cargo-type Container has been refurbished and placed in the community, next to our Needle Exchange Site in Baie du Tombeau.
Like our community container, our medical caravan aims at providing a needle exchange program, along with a primary care service for users of the Needle Exchange Program, which encompromises listening, referal or accompanying the user to other services.
CUT has, over the years, developed a series of training courses in the field of Harm Reduction.
“I want to make a positive change in our society, that people are not criminalized for the choices they make, people who use drugs are humans too, like you and I. I want to humanize the issue ”
“The best way to honor those who died in the drug war is to end it.”
“All i know is I’m here today and i use medical cannabis and I’m happy”
“I would rather be illegally alive than legally dead.”
“I was reluctant at first but after several training with CUT, I knew I was wrong. It helped me understand the purpose of these programs and why people need our help but most importantly, how HARM REDUCTION saves lives.”