Harm reduction encompasses interventions, programmes and policies that seek to reduce the health, social and economic harms of drug use to individuals, communities and societies. A core principle of harm reduction is the development of pragmatic responses to dealing with drug use through a hierarchy of intervention goals that place primary emphasis on reducing the health-related harms of continued drug use.
Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide provides an overview of actions or interventions undertaken to address the negative consequences associated with the illicit drug phenomenon. It acts as a gateway to a wide range of online resources, including links to evidence and tools.
European countries seek to reduce the harms related to drug use through the provision of needle and syringe programmes — aimed at preventing the spread of infectious diseases — and opioid substitution treatment — aimed at reducing harms associated with the use of illicit opioids such as heroin. Other harm reduction interventions, such as take-home naloxone and drug consumption rooms, are available in a smaller number of countries.
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