The needle’s tips:
Hook up: The national Harm Reduction Coalition can point you to similar efforts in your city (www.harmreduction.org; East Coast: 212.213.6376; West Coast: 510.444.6969).
Variety show: Find a group with diverse options. In recovery yourself? You may want to avoid triggers—try filing, data entry or phone duty instead of jumping into street work.
Get with the program: Harm reduction means reducing drug risks, not stopping use. “You can’t talk people into treatment—it doesn’t work that way,” Farrell says. “When they’re ready, they’re ready.”