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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

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Cops and Community: Innovations Around Policing

Join community leaders, activists, police, and scholars as they share ideas for finding solutions to the violence, tension, and mistrust that exists between cops and the community.

Voices
Indonesia Executes Several for Drug Crimes in an Ominous Sign of a Trend

From firing squads in Indonesia to vigilante killings in the Philippines, state-sanctioned violence against those in the drug trade is reaching new heights.

Voices
How an AIDS Conference Sidelined an At-Risk Population

Some of those most likely to contract HIV—particularly people who use drugs—are largely ignored at a major AIDS conference this week.

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Artists for Change: A Showcase from Creatives for Global Drug Policy Reform

An international panel of artists discuss their work promoting drug policy reform.

Voices
For Women Swept Up in the Drug Trade, Legal Help That Starts Early

When marginalized women are convicted of drug offenses in Indonesia, their best shot at avoiding the death penalty is early access to justice.

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Talking About Addiction: 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.

Open Society People

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

Upcoming Events

Oct
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Join community leaders, activists, police, and scholars as they share ideas for finding solutions to the violence, tension, and mistrust that exists between cops and the community.

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