Q: What is harm reduction?
Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction. However, HRC considers the following principles central to harm reduction practice.
• Accepts, for better and for worse that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world and chooses to work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them. • Understands drug use as a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors from severe abuse to total abstinence, and acknowledges that some ways of using drugs are clearly safer than others. • Establishes quality of individual and community life and well-being--not necessarily cessation of all drug use--as the criteria for successful interventions and policies. • Calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use drugs and the communities in which they live in order to assist them in reducing attendant harm. • Ensures that drug users and those with a history of drug use routinely have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them. • Affirms drugs users themselves as the primary agents of reducing the harms of their drug use, and seeks to empower users to share information and support each other in strategies which meet their actual conditions of use. • Recognizes that the realities of poverty, class, racism, social isolation, past trauma, sex-based discrimination and other social inequalities affect both people's vulnerability to and capacity for effectively dealing with drug-related harm. • Does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit drug use
Q: What’s the difference between “needle exchange” and harm reduction?
Q: Has the harm reduction approach to HIV/AIDS prevention been evaluated?
Q: Who are PHP's clients?
PHP’s clients reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of New York City:
36% are African American 33% are white 31% are Latino 69% are men 24% are women 7% are transgender 24% are between the ages of 20-29 35% are between the ages of 30-39 32% are between the ages of 40-49 9% are over the age of 50