Promoting Health, Safety and Equity
Harm reduction is an evidence-based approach that "emphasizes engaging directly with people who use drugs to prevent overdose and infectious disease transmission, improve the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of those served, and offer low-threshold options for accessing substance use disorder treatment and other health care services" (SAMHSA, 2023).
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.
This article reconceptualizes our understanding of the opioid epidemic and proposes six strategies that address the epidemic’s social roots.
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