Harm Reduction: Concepts and Practice. A Policy Discussion Paper Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper provides an overview of the context, definition, and key features of the harm reduction approach, and provides several examples of current programs in various countries. Both licit and illicit drugs are included in these illustrations. Some of the critical issues, and the strategies needed to advance harm reduction, are discussed. [Translations are provided in the International Abstracts Section of this issue.]


  • Riley, Diane
  • Sawka, Ed
  • Conley, Peter
  • Hewitt, David
  • Mitic, Wayne
  • Poulin, Christiane
  • Room, Robin
  • Single, Eric
  • Topp, John

publication date

  • January 1999