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TOPIC: Harm reduction: A good approach in theory, but impossible in practice.

Requirements:
• Drawing from credible, published literature, form a position related to the above topic, and then build an argument supporting your position with scientific evidence. A good paper will also consider studies or theories that offer a counter/alternative perspective.
• The title of your paper should convey your overall position.
• You may wish to address harm reduction in general across all substances, or across a sub-group of substances, or you may wish to focus on just one substance. In the Introduction, a good paper will include a concise description as to what the paper will cover, and a brief rationale as to why this content is important.
• Write in 3rd person, using formal, academic English.
• Organise your paper using sub-headings to indicate the main theme/topic that you are addressing in each section. Typically, a paper of this length will have three or four subheadings, in addition to an Introduction and a Conclusion.
• Please research widely, well beyond the required readings, and try to include as much recent literature as possible.
• Do not exceed the word limit. The cover page and References do not count toward the word limit.
• Please submit your assignment to Turnitin, as a Word doc.

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Harm reduction refers to policies, activities and programs that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of drugs (Hunt et al., 2003). One of the defining features of harm reduction is its focus on preventing drugs-related harm, compared to preventing of drug use per se - harm reduction “places first priority on reducing the negative consequences of drug use rather than on eliminating drug use or ensuring abstinence” (Riley et al., 1999). There are different levels od harm reduction concept – societal, community and individual, as well as different types – social, economic, and health harm reduction (Newcombe et al., 1992). Therefore, harm reduction is often used to refer to set of general principles underpinning policies aimed at responding to drug-related societal problems, as well as specific types of interventions (e.g. methadone treatment) (Hunt et al., 2003). This paper aims to summarize both understandings, their key assumptions, to address its criticisms by reviewing empirical evidence of the effectiveness, effects and intentions of movement as well as specific harm reduction interventions.

Harm Reduction Views
Harm reductionists are known to hold view that drug use is inherent feature of human experience and that drug free humanity is a utopist...

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