Using Harm Reduction to Deal with Drug Use

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Last updated on April 10, 2024 5:37 pm

Unpack the harm reduction approach to see its connection to public health and human rights, and why it’s the best solution for addressing drug use, with this course from LSHTM.

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in harm reduction but it will be particularly beneficial if you are already working in this field. Government officials involved in formulating drug policies, such as those in internal affairs and health, will also find it very beneficial.

What topics will you cover?

What is Harm Reduction?

The public health dimension of drug use and harm reduction

The human rights dimension of drug use and harm reduction

The community at the heart of the response

Advocacy around scaling up of harm reduction.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

Explain the core values, principles and evidence-base of the harm reduction approach

Describe the public health dimension of drug use on a global perspective and evaluate the evidence on what causes poor health outcomes and what is known about how to prevent them

Identify the core risk factors in relation to drug use from a social, physical and policy perspective

Reflect on elevating risk factors associated with drug use

Discuss the meaning of agency, empowerment and the role of the community of people who use drugs taking up a leading role in drug policy health provision, prevention and policy reforms

Interpret the human rights perspective within the public health debate of drug use

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