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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

Event
Talking About Addiction Series: Youth, Addiction, and Juvenile Justice

Three experts in the field of juvenile justice and adolescent health discuss the research and policy around young people and addiction.

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Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?

By recognizing why people with addictions make the choices they do, policy makers can see the futility of punitive drug policies.

Voices
Will Canada’s Ruling on Drug Sentences Set the Stage for Further Reforms?

Canada’s Supreme Court has struck down mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses. Advocates hope it’s just the beginning.

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Why “Harm Reduction” Means Something Different in Mexico

Though Mexico is firmly entrenched in the war on drugs, it’s not primarily a consumer nation. Young advocates there are calibrating their harm reduction efforts accordingly.

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Health Funders and Grantees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Frontline NGOs may not measure their impact in terms of infections averted or treated—yet they have become essential to donors who do.

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No Health, No Help: Abuses in Drug Rehabilitation Centers in Latin America & The Caribbean

This event will launch a new report documenting the abuses in drug rehabilitation centers and take an unprecedented look inside these often overlooked and undocumented institutions.

Open Society People

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

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Three experts in the field of juvenile justice and adolescent health discuss the research and policy around young people and addiction.

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