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Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a range of evidence-based approaches that recognize that people unable or unwilling to abstain from illicit drug use can still make positive choices to protect their own health in addition to the health of their families and communities. The Open Society Foundations advocate for policies and practices that advance the health and human rights of people who use drugs.

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Recent Work

Voices
Nowhere to Turn for Drug Treatment

A new report details the abuse, humiliation, and lack of medical care endured by people seeking drug treatment in Puerto Rico.

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Drug Courts: Equivocal Evidence on a Popular Intervention

This paper offers an overview of drug treatment courts as a way to reduce drug-related incarceration.

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The Impact of Drug Policy on Women

This paper offers an overview of the gender dimension of the war on drugs and the burdens that ill-conceived policies and inadequate programs place on women and girls.

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Innovation Born of Necessity: Pioneering Drug Policy in Catalonia

This report follows the evolution of two of the region’s drug policy solutions: its health- and rights-based approach to drug treatment and harm reduction, and its model for safely legalizing the market for cannabis.

Voices
An Innovative Drug Policy That Works

A program that sends people convicted of low-level drug and sex work crimes to community-based services instead of jail is off to a good start in Seattle.

Voices
Punish the Sex Worker or the Client? You’re Asking the Wrong Question

Across the world, the political left and right have inspired new populist support to end the demand for sex work through criminalization. This threatens the rights, health, safety, and wishes of sex workers.

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Director, International Harm Reduction Development
Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations–New York

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