As a part of our harm reduction educational resources, we’ve gathered a list of key terms that will aid you along your journey of acquiring knowledge. Harm Reduction International defines harm reduction as “policies, programs, and practices that aim to minimize negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies, and drug laws.” Harm reduction is reducing the harms associated with public health concerns. In essence, harm reduction work means meeting people where they are at, with no judgment. The goal of harm reduction is to remove the risks associated with living with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, food insecurity, being homeless, and more much.
Below, the key terms listed will assist you in understanding the terminology often used by harm reduction advocates and policymakers.