Harm reduction a new direction for drug policies and programs authors erickson patricia g imprint university of toronto press 1997 extent x 476 p. Harm reduction is usually defined as a benign approach to drug use one that rejects its criminalization and questions the punitive policies associated with it in this paper harm reduction is redefined so as to include the set of problems and characteristics that prevail at the supply side of the drug war. Harm reduction an approach which encompasses various policy directives and program initiatives was inspired by the positive outcomes of such public measures as needle exchange programs for reduction of hiv risk methadone maintenance programs education on the risks of tobacco use and programs designed to limit alcohol consumptionthe essays in this book illustrate the scope and vigour of . Harm reduction a new direction for drug policies and programs edited by patricia g erickson diane m riley yuet w cheung and patrick a ohare since the first international conference on the reduction of drug related harm held in 1990 the term harm reduction has gained wide currency in the areas of public health and drug policy previously the field was characterized by heated
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