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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