Harm-Reduction: A ‘New Normal’ for Opioid Abuse?

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After punitive and abstinence-based drug policies of the 1990s failed to deter drug use, some justice systems are turning to “harm reduction”—a public health philosophy that the Vera Institute of Justice calls a set of practical strategies that seeks to reduce the negative consequences associated with drug use. Many harm reduction strategies have been used to address drug use in the community, but they have only recently begun to be implemented in the justice system, Vera says. A . . .

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