Harm reduction is a framework that can be used to achieve health equity and social justice. It encompasses “person-centered” strategies that aim to reduce negative health, social, and economic consequences associated with various behaviors— such as sex, drug use, and violence. Instead of an “all or nothing” approach, harm reduction practitioners emphasize “meeting people where they’re at”, providing practical and evidence-based strategies that avoid judgement, and acknowledging the significance of any positive change that individuals make in their lives.
“Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.” – Harm Reduction Coalition