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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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Sri Lanka Should Think Twice Before Copying Duterte’s Vicious Drug War

While the world moves on, Sri Lanka continues to drift toward the brutal and criminal “war on drugs” policies championed by the Philippines’ strongman. These heinous policies must be abandoned—before it’s too late.

Police & Harm Reduction

This report showcases alternatives to common punitive policing models and presents recommendations on how to incorporate harm reduction approaches that aim to increase public safety, public health, and public confidence.

Reimagining Drug Policy Through Artistic Expression: Museums, Marches, and More    

A panel of activists and artists will discuss creative ways to push for reform through immersive events and imaginative experiences.

The Future of Coca Industrialization in Colombia: A Pathway to Development and Peace    

A new report looks at the coca leaf as a legal agricultural product and presents challenges, opportunities, and parameters for a legal system to expand coca industrialization.

The Rise of Fake News and Social Media Manipulation in Latin American Politics  

Brexit and the 2016 U.S. elections shed light on the alarming rise of post-truth politics, fueled by fake news, media manipulation, and populist movements. What are the implications for five upcoming Latin American elections?

The Global Pain Crisis: Narrowing the Gap in Access to Palliative Care    

A panel of health experts discuss fighting for better access to pain relief for palliative care in India and Latin America.