×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Harm Reduction: A New Direction for Drug Policies and Programs
     

Harm Reduction: A New Direction for Drug Policies and Programs

by Patricia G. Erickson (Editor), Diane M. Riley (Editor), Yuet W. Cheung (Editor), Pat A. O'Hare (Editor)
 

See All Formats & Editions

Since the First International Conference on the Reduction of Drug-Related Harm, held in 1990, the term 'harm reduction' has gained wide currency in the areas of public health and drug policy. Previously the field was characterized by heated struggle between prohibition and legalization of addictive substances, and this debate tended to obscure practical, collective

Overview

Since the First International Conference on the Reduction of Drug-Related Harm, held in 1990, the term 'harm reduction' has gained wide currency in the areas of public health and drug policy. Previously the field was characterized by heated struggle between prohibition and legalization of addictive substances, and this debate tended to obscure practical, collective approaches. Harm reduction, an approach which encompasses various policy directives and program initiatives was inspired by the positive outcomes of such public measures as needle-exchange programs for reduction of HIV risk, methadone maintenance programs, education on the risks of tobacco use, and programs designed to limit alcohol consumption.

The essays in this book illustrate the scope and vigour of the emerging harm reduction model. The essays, drawn from seven international conferences on harm reduction, cover a wide variety of topics, including public policy, women and reproductive issues, the experiences of special populations, human rights; defining and measuring harm, and intervention.

Researchers and practitioners will benefit from the varied papers in the volume, which combine insights into policy-making and front-line outreach efforts with comprehensive conceptual and empirical approaches. Harm Reduction represents an important initiative in making academic work accessible and useful to a larger community, and provides guidance for the development of effective policies and programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802078056
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Publication date:
07/26/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
490
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

Diane M. Riley is Assistant Professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Toronto and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews