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.)
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).
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).