What is harm reduction? 

According to a position statement from Harm Reduction International

Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself, and the focus on people who continue to use drugs. http://www.ihra.net/what-is-harm-reduction


What are the principals ? 

  • Accepts, for better and or worse, that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world and chooses to work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them.
  • Understands drug use as a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors from severe abuse to total abstinence, and acknowledges that some ways of using drugs are clearly safer than others.  http://harmreduction.org/about-us/principles-of-harm-reduction


What are the Harm Reduction-Drug Policy Alliance ?

Harm reduction is a public health philosophy and intervention that seeks to reduce the harms associated with drug use and ineffective drug policies.  A basic tenet of harm reduction is that there has never been, and will never be, a drug-free society. The Drug Policy Alliance advocates reducing the harms of drug use through a lens of public health, using accurate, fact-based drug education, drug-related illness and injury prevention, and effective drug treatment for problematic use.


Now meet SEVERAL GENIUS who might share the

Harm Reduction Philosophy  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/scientists-drugs_n_3803832.html




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