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Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Although measures that focus on reducing the consequences of use rather than use itself have been in place for many years (e.g., drinking and driving countermeasures), harm reduction is really rooted in measures taken to reduce the spread of HIV...
Stephen W. Hwang
Commenting on Podymow et al. (Shelter-Based Managed Alcohol Administration to Chronically Homeless People Addicted to Alcohol), Hwang notes that the study, though not without limitations, provides " tantalizing demonstration of the...
Harm reduction is an approach that works to “meet people where they are at” when providing services. It usually refers to strategies aimed at reducing the risks and harmful effects associated with substance use and addictive behaviours.  Harm...
Dagmar Hedrich, Richard Hartnoll
The goal of harm reduction is to reduce both the individual and societal harms of drug use through knowledge-based interventions that change risk behaviors and risk settings. Chapter 84, “Harm Reduction Policies, Settings, and Challenges” in this...
Tim Rhodes, Dagmar Hedrich
Harm reduction encompasses interventions, programmes and policies that seek to reduce the health, social and economic harms of drug use to individuals, communities and societies. We envisage harm reduction as a ‘combination intervention’, made up of...
D. J. Bierness, R. Jesseman, R. Notarandrea, M. Perron
Harm reduction has become one of the most contentious issues in drug use policy. The initial clarity and simplicity of the phrase "harm reduction" has evolved into an emotion-laden designation that has polarized groups with a common goal and is...
The EMCDDA’s 10th scientific monograph, entitled Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges provides a comprehensive overview of the harm reduction field. Part I of the monograph looks back at the emergence of harm reduction approaches and...
National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)
This fact sheet provides information about harm reduction as a practice for working with individuals with unhealthy lifestyles.
Bernadette Pauly
Background: People who are street involved such as those experiencing homelessness and drug use face multiple inequities in health and access to health care. Morbidity and mortality are significantly increased among those who are...
YA Bonomo, G Bowes
Drug use is now widespread amongst Australian youth. Substance abuse and dependence are becoming increasingly significant health problems. Approximately 50% of 17-year-old Australians report regular consumption of alcohol and nearly 30% report...
This guide has been written to assist municipalities in British Columbia in taking a leadership and a facilitative role in reducing the level of drug related harm in their communities. In particular, it contains information about an approach to...
Bill Cleverley
Harm reduction has long been touted as a way to reduce the problems associated with street-level drug and alcohol abuse, but opponents argue that governments' increasing reliance on the strategy merely sweeps problems under the carpet. Rob...
This report sets out the Government’s strategy for tackling the harms and costs of alcohol misuse in England. The aim of this strategy is to prevent any further increase in alcohol-related harms in England. It will become a key feature of the public...
Andrea. LaMarre
Harm reduction has been identified as a key strategy in drug policy in Canada, and is one of the “4 pillars” of substance use management (Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy, 2012)i. The needle exchange program (NEP) falls under the harm reduction...