At the YFS Wellness Centre, we view harm reduction simply as reducing harm - individually, within our communities and to others. For us, harm reduction covers self harm, drug use, unsafe sexual practices, and much more. Approaching from a non-judgement stance is paramount in establishing respect for the individual and their bodily autonomy.


Harm Reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences that may ensue from the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs, without necessarily reducing drug use. Its cornerstones are public health, human rights and social justice. It benefits people who use drugs, families and communities. It ensures that people who use psychoactive substances are treated with respect and without stigma, and that substance-related problems and issues are addressed systemically.

Harm Reduction is underpinned with the knowledge that many drug-related problems are not the result of the drugs themselves; rather they are the consequences of the unregulated manufacture and trade of drugs and the enduring commitment to failed policies and ill-thought-out and inequitably applied laws.


YFS Wellness Centre Harm Reduction & Naloxone Training

Harm reduction is the key to addressing the opioid crisis in Canada and creating communities of care beyond your time at York..

Join us the first Thursday of every month for a discussion on safety and support at 3PM in the YFS Wellness Centre, Room 341 Second Student Centre, and get trained on how to react in the event of an opioid overdose.

The training consists of a culture check on the opioid crisis in Canada, information on drugs and drug use in Toronto, how to intervene in an overdose, and much more. Leave the training a Certificate of Completion and your own nasal or needle Naloxone Kit to take home, for FREE!

If you wish to set up a private training for your or your group, please do so by contacting the Wellness Centre Coordinator at

Participants must register ahead of time in order to receive a kit to take home. Register by emailing

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