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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 Politics of Evidence-Based Policymaking  

Paul Cairney discusses his new book, which investigates widespread and dangerous gaps between scientific evidence and reasonable policymaking responses.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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