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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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Out of Harm’s Way: Alternatives to Public Injection in New York

An international panel of public health experts will explain how they implemented lifesaving supervised injecting sites and overdose prevention programs in their communities.

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Inside Cracolândia: Promoting Health and Human Rights in Brazil’s “Cracklands”

Those working inside Brazil’s so-called urban “cracklands” will take part in a discussion on drugs, health, human rights, and policy reform.

Voices
Ukraine Investigates Health Care Abuses as Torture

Since deciding the Convention against Torture applies to health facilities, Ukraine has helped patients get the palliative care they need.

Voices
Ukraine’s Deadly Medicines Bottleneck

With the government turning its back on regions it has lost control of, dwindling medicine stockpiles in Ukraine threaten the lives of thousands.

Voices
Why Amnesty International Must Hold Firm in Its Support for Sex Workers

The global human rights group may support the decriminalization of sex work. Now, it faces criticism led, in part, by Hollywood celebrities.

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Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

In Latin America, the most perverse consequences of the drug war are borne by women.

Open Society People

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

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Sep
8

Those working inside Brazil’s so-called urban “cracklands” will take part in a discussion on drugs, health, human rights, and policy reform.

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