Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction

(noun)

Harm reduction is a varied set of strategies based on a guiding principle of reducing negative outcomes associated with harm. The term has particularly wide use in conversations around drug use (e.g. needle exchange programs, safer use sites, and fighting the stigma associated with drug use), but this principle can extend into other parts of life, including healthcare more widely, personal interaction, and social policy. A common feature of harm reduction movements is centering human dignity and bodily autonomy.  

e.g. Billie was glad to hear that nir doctor practiced a harm reduction-based approach to patient care.

Further reading to gain expanded context:

What is Harm Reduction? | Harm Reduction International

Principles of Harm Reduction | The National Harm Reduction Coalition


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