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Bridging Harm Reduction and Recovery
Bridging harm reduction and recovery
Heino Stver
Introduction

Harm reduction (HR) has become an acknowledged and central principle in drug policy and drug services. Focusing first on illicit drugs, nowadays it has also been expanded to include work with users of alcohol, tobacco, etc. It has become part of public health strategies to reduce the adverse effects of certain behaviours: The definition of harm reduction by the International Harm Reduction Association1 also includes legal drugs: ‘“Harm Reduction” refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs without necessarily reducing drug consumption. Harm reduction benefits people who use drugs, their families and the community’ (IHRA ...

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