Glossary Term: Harm Reduction

Definition

Harm reduction refers to a range of public health policies designed to lessen the negative social and/or physical consequences associated with various human behaviors.

What is an example of a harm-reduction activity?

Harm reduction can include addiction facilities, support groups, and medical services. Some harm reduction programs include wound care, vaccinations, sex education, STI testing and treatment, condoms, and safe injection sites.

How can we use harm reduction to reduce stigma?

One way to reduce stigma is to change the way we speak about people who use substances. Focus on the positive and recognize people who are making changes.

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