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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.

Recent Work

Voices
How Drug Trafficking Undermines West Africa  

The rise of drug trafficking is undermining institutions, health, and development efforts in West Africa. It's time for political leaders to change the ineffective policies that exacerbate the problem.

Voices
We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of the Drug Problem  

Sending people to prison for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses doesn’t work. That’s why the Seattle Police Department launched an innovative program that offers treatment instead of jail time.

Report
To Protect and Serve

This report shows how public health–centered law enforcement can reduce the risk of HIV infections among sex workers and people who use drugs.

Voices
How Police Can Arrest the Spread of HIV  

Across the globe, HIV rates are climbing among sex workers and people who use drugs. A novel approach to law enforcement is changing that.

Voices
Police and HIV Prevention: A Crucial Partnership  

Sex workers and people who use drugs bear the brunt of new HIV infections. But a novel approach to law enforcement is changing this.

Event
Film Screening: The Case for Prescribing Heroin

This event features a screening of a film about a heroin-assisted treatment program in Denmark, and addresses the evidence behind prescribing heroin to people with long-term opioid dependency.

Open Society People

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

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