The ethics of harm reduction

Carter, Adrian, Hall, Wayne and Miller, Peter (2012). The ethics of harm reduction. In Richard Pates and Diane Riley (Ed.), Harm reduction in substance use and high-risk behaviour: international policy and practice (pp. 111-123) London, United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing.

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Author Carter, Adrian
Hall, Wayne
Miller, Peter
Title of chapter The ethics of harm reduction
Title of book Harm reduction in substance use and high-risk behaviour: international policy and practice
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781405182973
Editor Richard Pates
Diane Riley
Chapter number 9
Start page 111
End page 123
Total pages 33
Total chapters 20
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Harm reduction is an approach to drug policy that emerged in the 1980s largely in response ro the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) epidemic among injecting drug users, although there were earlier anticipations (Ball, 2007). There are many definitions of harm reduction, some more contested than others (Kleinig, 2008). In illicit drug policy, it is often used as a shorthand term for interventions for which there is good evidence of public health benefit and a strong humanitarian warrant for their provision such as: providing clean injecting equipment to injecting drug users (IDUs); methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) for opioid dependence; educating IDUs about ways of reducing blood-borne virus (BBV) transmission and drug overdoses; HIV testing and counselling; access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HlV; and access to effective treatments for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (Hall, 2007). Harm reduction now also includes policies towards alcohol, tobacco, other regulated drugs and gambling, such as: promoting less hazardous forms of tobacco use; encouraging the use of low alcohol beers; responsible service of alcohol; and setting maximum bet and loss limits for gamblers. [introduction extract]
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