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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

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Academics Come Out in Force Against Indonesia’s Drug Crackdown

With raids, forced treatment, executions, and a declared state of emergency, Indonesia’s drug war is out of control. Now a group of academics is rallying against it.

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Getting Drug Policy Right for Women and Girls

A new report details gender disparities in the impacts of drugs and drug-related crime.

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A Well-Intentioned, Deeply Flawed Approach to Drug Treatment

On paper, drug courts seem like a smart, progressive way to help people kick their dependence. But a recent report suggests they may do more harm than good.

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

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