Harm Reduction

This board is about a "issue" called Harm Reduction. I learned about this in my Pre-Health class called Critical Thinking.
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Though many people are passionate and agree with harm reduction practices there are just as many people who disagree. This doesn't mean people are being cruel then they disagree but rather thinking from a different perspective (In-class Discussion, March 3, 2014).

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Currently in the health care world harm reduction is a huge practice being put in place. The following are examples of harm reduction practices open to anyone looking for help: methadone for heroin users, needle and syringe exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV infection, the creation of safe injection sites, the provision of safe alcohol to homeless people, designated driver programs, and bans on smoking in public places. (Harm Reduction, March 28, 2013).

Currently in the health care world harm reduction is a huge practice being put in place. The following are examples of harm reduction practices open to anyone looking for help: methadone for heroin users, needle and syringe exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV infection, the creation of safe injection sites, the provision of safe alcohol to homeless people, designated driver programs, and bans on smoking in public places. (Harm Reduction, March 28, 2013).

Harm reduction can be a difficult concept for not only critical thinkers to grasp but anyone. It often requires people to change their outlook on life on more ways than one. Harm reduction can be defined as 'policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the adverse health, social & economic consequences of the use of legal or harmful substances without necessarily putting a stop to it completely. Harm reduction benefits drug users, their families and the community' (Youth Rise, n.d.)

Harm reduction can be a difficult concept for not only critical thinkers to grasp but anyone. It often requires people to change their outlook on life on more ways than one. Harm reduction can be defined as 'policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the adverse health, social & economic consequences of the use of legal or harmful substances without necessarily putting a stop to it completely. Harm reduction benefits drug users, their families and the community' (Youth Rise, n.d.)

Learning about harm reduction seriously put my critical thinking abilities to a new level, requiring me to think in ways I didn't know we were possible. I always had such anger against people who in my mind make "wrong choices" but now I realize that is not the case. I am now able to realize that some people who use harmful substances are actually unable to stop they need care, support and resources in a non-judgmental environment to reduce use (In-class Discussion, March 3, 2014).

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Harm reduction is a passionate concept that people often strongly agree with or strongly disagree with. There are many people who agree with harm reduction. They want to see their loved ones get the help they need in any way possible (In-class Discussion, March 3, 2014).

As we have been learning about harm reduction, my bias has shifted a bit as I do know that it is better to practice safe injection, sex, cutting etc. It stops the spread of diseases.

Bias is an issue of harm reduction. People are so influenced by everything around them they can form a bias on the fact that people are doing "harm" to themselves. Some biases of harm reduction include: why help them they'll never stop, it's a waste of our resources, they shouldn't be shown how to use drugs, it's their own fault, and the list goes on (In-class Discussion, March 3, 2014).

Bias is an issue of harm reduction. People are so influenced by everything around them they can form a bias on the fact that people are doing "harm" to themselves. Some biases of harm reduction include: why help them they'll never stop, it's a waste of our resources, they shouldn't be shown how to use drugs, it's their own fault, and the list goes on (In-class Discussion, March 3, 2014).

Learning harm reduction taught me how much good it has done for some people. I learned that we are never going to live in a clean society where there is no drug use or alcohol use, etc. I learned that it benefits patients by keeping them off the streets, prevents them from over dosing and prevents the spread of disease. I learned that the benefit is not only for the patient but the families get a sense of relief and crime rates decrease in communities (In-class Discussion, March 3, 2014).

Harm reduction has saved so many peoples lives and given them the opportunity to come back and realize how much they are worth.

When people critically think about in-depth topics some will run into a gray matter in a black and white situation. When peoples thoughts are in the gray matter they agree with some concepts and disagree with others. For instance, they might agree that drugs users should be entitled to clean needles and syringes and disagree with the creation of safe injection sites (In-class Discussion, March 3, 2014).

When people critically think about in-depth topics some will run into a gray matter in a black and white situation. When peoples thoughts are in the gray matter they agree with some concepts and disagree with others. For instance, they might agree that drugs users should be entitled to clean needles and syringes and disagree with the creation of safe injection sites (In-class Discussion, March 3, 2014).

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