Do No Harm: Health, Human Rights and People Who Use Drugs

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), April 2016

144 pp. 1.1 MB
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This report gives an overview of harm reduction, an approach for reducing the negative outcomes of drug use. Harm reduction has been shown to benefit individuals, communities, and health and legal systems in a variety of ways. The document provides five policy recommendations, including:

  • Fully implementing harm reduction and HIV services, as outlined in guidance from the World Health Organization;
  • Treating people who use drugs with support and care, rather than punishment;
  • Integrating HIV services with other health and social protection services for people who inject drugs.
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