PRINCIPLES OF HARM REDUCTION
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use. This paradigm is grounded in the belief in and respect for the rights of people who use drugs.
OF HARM REDUCTION
Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies that includes: safe use, managed use, abstinence, meeting people who use drugs “where they’re at”, and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demand that interventions and policies designed to serve people who use drugs reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction. However, below are some of the principles central to harm reduction practice.