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Harm Reduction and Drug Policies

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What is the "harm reduction" approach to drug policy? What are the underlying assumptions?

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Problem: What is the "harm reduction" approach to drug policy? What are the underlying assumptions?

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Harm reduction is a philosophy and intervention that aims to mitigate the harms caused by drug use and ineffective drug policies. One assumption of this policy is that there will never be a drug-free society. Another assumption of this policy is that it is possible to reduce harms of drug use through fact based education, ...

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This solution explains harm reduction as related to drug policies. This solution is discussed in two steps. The first discusses harm reduction as a philosphy and intervention that aims to mitigate the harms caused by drug use and ineffective drug policies. The second step discusses the assumption of harm reduction that there will be people who will be unable or unwilling to stop taking drugs. The sources used are also included in the solution.

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