It is a Social Movement; built on the belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. It is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.
Harm Reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at”, addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designated to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction. It is simply an idea of helping to diminish the harmful effects of substance abuse.
There are always going to be people unwilling to seek treatment or unable to seek treatment but being aware of resources that can help minimize harm is a preventable measure.
There will always be a critic, viewing harm reduction programs as encouraging drug use and keeping people addicted. But It is our responsibility as a society to promote public safety.
For more information about Harm Reduction:
What is Harm Reduction?