Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition

Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition & Appalachian Harm Reduction Coalition

Who we are

Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition (VHRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, peer-run organization whose mission is to improve the health of the community we serve by advocating for, developing, and implementing evidence-based solutions to address the adverse effects of drug use.

What we do

We address health inequities faced by people who use drugs (PWUD) by providing outreach to marginalized, stigmatized, and criminalized populations, advocating for health policies that address their specific needs, and collaborating with other agencies to effectively meet those needs.

Why we do it

No one in our community is disposable. Traditional policies and approaches to substance use have isolated, stigmatized, and criminalized people we love. The result is poorer health outcomes for our community and our country. It’s time for a new approach that places value on the individual and focuses on support instead of punishment.