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Essay heading: The Development Of Harm Reduction Policy In Canada
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Conventional methods (i.e. enforced based interventions) were seemingly unable to address the surge of drug induced diseases and deaths towards the end of the 20th century; hence, creating an emergence of several public health “harm reduction” measures, created to effectively address these drug related problems (Fischer, Rehm, Kim, & Robins, 2002)...
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Lenton & Single (1998), define harm reduction as a “pragmatic and humanistic approach to diminishing the individual and social harms associated with drug use without requiring abstinence”. It is evident that this approach places an emphasis on human rights, common sense, and public health. Harm reduction theory translated into practice by way of Needle Exchange Programs (NEPs), which were established in the 80’s by numerous Canadian jurisdictions to lower the rate of infectious diseases among injection drug users (IDUs) (Kerr & Palepu, 2001)...
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