Glossary

Terms commonly used in the alcohol and other drug field are listed below.

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Harm Minimisation | Harm Reduction

Harm Minimisation

Strategies which aim to promote better health, social and economic outcomes for both the community and the individual. Harm minimisation includes preventing anticipated harm and reducing actual harm. Licit and illicit drugs are targeted. A comprehensive approach to drug-related harm, involving demand reduction, supply reduction and harm reduction strategies (NCETA, 2002).

Harm Reduction

This approach seeks to find a pragmatic position based on acknowledging that many in society will continue to use drugs irrespective of the legal frameworks or the moral imperatives to not use. Harm reduction advocates promote such options as clean needles and syringe programs, the provision of prescription heroin as a treatment option and supervised injecting facilities (Evans, 2001). [Evans, 2001]


References

Evans, K. (2001). Research into Practice: Managing Complexity. In A.M. Roche, J. McDonald (Eds) Systems, Settings, People: Workforce Development Challenges in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Field, Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), p123-126.