WHAT IS HARM REDUCTION?
Harm reduction refers to policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of substances in people unable or unwilling to stop. The defining feature is, focusing on the prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of substance use itself.
PRINCIPLES OF HARM REDUCTION
- Be Practical – in relation to substance use and what’s feasible for the individual
- Keeping the focus on harms, rather than the substance use.
- Recognizing human rights
- Prioritizing the person’s immediate needs and goals
- Embracing opportunities to maximize the intervention keeping in mind various ways you can provide support
- Involving people who use substances