Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.

This course allows workers to see beyond just needle exchange to look at the wide range of other harm reduction interventions they could utilise.

This course ensures that participants are able to:

  1. Explain key reasons for adopting a harm reduction approach.
  2. Critique the pros and cons of harm reduction.
  3. Have a better understanding of the ethical issues within harm reduction.
  4. Illustrate stages within the cycle of change to introduce harm reduction.
  5. Describe harm reduction interventions on a drug by drug basis.
  6. Apply harm reduction in practice scenarios.
  7. Recognise examples of drug related harm.

Format: Taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, whole group discussion

Hand-outs: Full hand-outs and sources of further information will be provided