The true meaning of harm reduction

This report presents a range of differing views regarding harm reduction.

While Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director the UN’s Office on Drugs & Crime, regards law enforcement itself as a form of harm reduction others insist that this distorts the term’s real meaning, which should be limited to those responses to drug use (like providing clean injecting equipment or substitutes such as methadone) that don’t insist on the user giving up drugs. In this sense, harm reduction is a pragmatic approach, different from the utopian goal of a "drug-free world".