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It’s Time To Get Rid of the Good-People-vs.-Bad-People View of Drug Use

It’s Time To Get Rid of the Good-People-vs.-Bad-People View of Drug Use | DrugReporter | AlterNet.

Great article and thoughts sent to ARMME by an advocate-Bille S.

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  1. August 10, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Yes, yes, yes.
    This is one of the prime principles of Harm Minimisation.

    A change in our thinking and attitudes toward drug use

    Harm minimisation encourages a change in our attitudes towards people who use drugs, including those who are physically and psychologically dependent upon illegal drugs such as heroin. This approach moves away from the unhelpful stereotypes of drug users as homeless alcoholics drinking in parks or ‘junkies’ shooting up in alleyways. Instead, we are encouraged to think about the relationships between the person, the drug and the environment and circumstances in which they are using it. Rather than seeking to ‘treat’ or ‘cure’ alcoholics or ‘drug addicts’ as people who have a disease, this holistic approach considers other problems associated with the person’s harmful drug use, such as the availability of the drug in the community, the prevalence of its use, and how much is known about the drug and its effects and harms in the community. IMPORTANTLY, HARM MINIMISATION DOES NOT SEEK TO MAKE MORAL JUDGMENTS BY WHICH PEOPLE ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ‘GOOD’ OR ‘BAD’ ACCORDING TO THEIR DRUG OF CHOICE OR FREQUENCY OF USE.

    http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/druginfo/fact_sheets/harm_minimisation1/harm_minimisation1.html

    Now, if only the governments of those countries that have HM, live up the policy. Sadly, the US doesn’t officially subscribe to HM.

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