Sign up to receive updates about our work in Health.

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.

Learn More

Contact Us

Questions about our work on this topic? Please use this contact box.


The following Open Society programs focus on this topic.

More on the ideas and programs behind our work: Harm Reduction. Hide info

Recent Work

Drugs and the Death Penalty: Capital Punishment and Global Drug Control

The Open Society Global Drug Policy Program and the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty convene a panel of experts to discuss capital punishment in the context of international law and global drug control.

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.

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.

Ukraine Applies Anti-Torture Standards to Health Care

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

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.

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.

Open Society People

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

For Grant Seekers