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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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The following Open Society programs focus on this topic.

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Recent Work

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.

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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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The Simple Funding Fix That Could Dramatically Reduce Drug-Related Deaths

A new campaign argues that countless lives could be saved by redirecting just a sliver of funding from drug enforcement toward harm reduction.

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Protecting Women and Families from the War on Drugs: UN Sessions

This panel will present research demonstrating how the drug war particularly harms women, and will explore leveraging upcoming UN convenings to better promote and protect the human rights of women and families.

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Sex, Drugs, and Canadian Politics: Advancing Human Rights for Sex Workers and People Who Use Drugs  

Pivot Legal Society’s Katrina Pacey and Adrienne Smith discuss how the organization is advancing rights in Canada through litigation and advocacy.

Voices
When Training People to Prevent Drug Overdoses, Less Can Be More

The best way to teach people who use drugs to inject the anti-overdose medicine naloxone is to keep the lessons quick and to the point.

Open Society People

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

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