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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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Recent Work

Drug Crop Production, Poverty, and Development

An international panel of researchers and growers from Colombia, Morocco, Peru, and the United States discuss the role of drug crop production in poverty and development.

For Funders, a Responsible Exit Is an Elusive Ideal

How do foundations decide when a grantee can survive without them?

To Change Drug Policy, First Change the Way You Measure It

Many governments are using the wrong metrics to evaluate their approach to drugs.

The Impact of Drug Policy on the Environment

The report explores the environmental costs of conventional drug policies and provides recommendations for governments to recognize this problem and explore new approaches to lessen this collateral environmental damage

Policing and Public Health: Advancing Harm Reduction Strategies in Law Enforcement Practices

This event brings together experiences of researchers, harm reduction advocates, and law enforcement to describe how to protect the rights and health of the most vulnerable members of society.

“Scared Straight” Anti-Drug Programs Aren’t Scaring Kids at All

A new report suggests that fear-based abstinence programs like D.A.R.E. might actually increase drug use among youth.

Open Society People

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

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