Harm Reduction – Humanitarian Approach to Drug Abuse Treatment

In my time working with the homeless community on the streets of Toronto, one of the hardest issues to deal with was the incidence of drug abuse – crack, morphine, heroin, oxycontin, crystal meth – especially among street youth. When I learned of the “harm reduction” approach to treatment, I realized it was the true humanitarian, compassionate approach. The following is a ground breaking document produced by the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies with resources for supporting Harm Reduction programs in your community.

Report – Out of Harm’s Way: Injecting Drug Users & Harm Reduction,

Author: IFRC, published 2011 on Scribd

In this report, the IFRC challenges policymakers, governments and donors to move beyond their own prejudices to work with stakeholders, multi-lateral organizations, civil society and those living with HIV to provide prevention, treatment, care and support to injecting drug users and their families.

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