Harm reduction programmes accept the reality of drug use while attempting to reduce its harmful consequences to individuals and society. Here, contributors discuss the philosophical basis and history of such policies and examine their outcomes
Includes bibliographical references and index
The concept of harm reduction / James A. Inciardi and Lana D. Harrison -- Harm reduction: history, definition, and practice / Diane Riley and Pat O'Hare -- From morphine to methadone: maintenance drugs in the treatment of opiate addiction / Ernest Drucker -- The coming of age of needle exchange: a history through 1993 / Sandra D. Lane [and others] -- The medicalization of marijuana / Lana D. Harrison -- Pregnancy, drugs, and harm reduction / Marsha Rosenbaum and Katherine Irwin -- Coffee shops, low threshold methadone, and needle exchange: controlling illicit drug use in the Netherlands / Dirk J. Korf and Ernst C. Buning -- The harm reduction movement in Brazil: issues and experiences / Hilary L. Surratt and Paulo R. Telles -- The harm minimization option for cannabis: history and prospects in Canadian drug policy / Patricia G. Erickson -- Harm reduction in Australia: politics, policy and public opinion / Toni Makkai -- The harm reduction roles of the American criminal justice system / James A. Inciardi
For anyone eager to learn the history which created harm reduction throughout the world this is a great book to read. For those looking to expand their current harm reduction knowledge I also recommend taking time to look at this book as you may pick up some new insights.