Harm Reduction for Alcohol and Drug Consumption

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Harm reduction aims to decrease the risk of negative effects associated with ongoing alcohol and drug use in those who are unable or unwilling to stop. The aim of harm reduction is to prevent harm to both the individual and the greater community as much as possible.

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Despite the known dangers of alcohol and drugs, some people are unable or unwilling to stop using them in risky ways. Harm reduction aims to combat this issue by decreasing the risk of negative effects associated with ongoing alcohol and drug use. Harm reduction is not about preventing people from using alcohol or drugs, nor does it condone alcohol and drug use. Instead, it acknowledges the risks associated with alcohol and drugs, with the aim of preventing harm to both the individual and the greater community as much as possible.


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Narelle Winzar
30 Apr 2021
Interesting and informative
Jacquie McGuigan
12 Apr 2021
This was a tiny snap shot of a large topic that impacts everyone in our society
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Alyce Hanna
24 May 2021
Very informative
Laura Rogers
19 Jun 2023
Good information, will use in the future
Bina Baniya
22 Apr 2021
Ngaire henham
05 Nov 2022
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Michelle Kuypers
14 Apr 2021
Simple and insightful
Vicki Power
02 Jun 2023
Community Care Worker
Good information
Lillian Haate-Baker
27 Jul 2022
Good resource
Emma Stevens
17 Apr 2021
There are many facilities in our communities aimed at harm minimisation yet prior to this I was not aware of many of these.
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