Harm Reduction

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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

Event
Public Health in a Populist Moment  

A live-streamed panel discussion on how right-wing populist politics are shaping the debate about public health.

Voices
Busting the Drug Addiction Myth  

Dr. Carl Hart has spent his career studying the effects of drugs on the human brain. The science shows us that a fear-based approach to fighting addiction is misleading and often harmful.

Voices
What’s Life Like for Women Who Use Drugs in Indonesia? It’s Time We Asked Them

Police violence, social stigma, and poor access to health care are a daily—and poorly understood—reality for many women who use drugs. A new report is finally letting them tell their story.

Voices
In the Fight against AIDS, People Who Inject Drugs Are Being Left Behind

Until we direct more resources towards harm reduction, we’ll never achieve the goal of ending AIDS.

Explainer
The Link Between Drug Policy and Access to Medicines  

How drug control laws keep millions of patients from getting the medicines they need.

Voices
The Problem with Criminalizing Sex Workers’ Clients  

Kate McGrew, coordinator at Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, explains how labor rights can protect sex workers in ways criminalization can’t.