Excerpts from Vibrant Abbotsford's Harm Reduction: Theory and Practice; Barriers and Benefits
Principles of Harm Reduction
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce the negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence. Harm reduction strategies meet drug users "where they're at," addressing conditions of use along with the use itself.
Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.
However, the following principles are central to harm reduction practice: