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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

Voices
Why “Harm Reduction” Means Something Different in Mexico

Though Mexico is firmly entrenched in the war on drugs, it’s not primarily a consumer nation. Young advocates there are calibrating their harm reduction efforts accordingly.

Voices
Health Funders and Grantees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Frontline NGOs may not measure their impact in terms of infections averted or treated—yet they have become essential to donors who do.

Event
No Health, No Help: Abuses in Drug Rehabilitation Centers in Latin America & The Caribbean

This event will launch a new report documenting the abuses in drug rehabilitation centers and take an unprecedented look inside these often overlooked and undocumented institutions.

Report
No Health, No Help

This report details the extreme human rights abuses occurring in the name of drug treatment and rehabilitation in six countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Briefing Paper
Ready, Willing, and Able?

This brief summarizes key concerns about the impact of the Global Fund’s withdrawal from countries that have already experienced funding reductions.

Event
The Impact of Drug Policies on Women  

In honor of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and the Open Society Foundations cohosted a special discussion on the impact of drug policies on women.

Open Society People

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

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