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Journal of Socialomics
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Application of Harm Reduction Interventions to Recreational Drug Use

Fernández-Calderón Fermín*
Department of Clinical, Experimental and Social Psychology, University of Huelva, Spain
Corresponding Author : Fernández-Calderón Fermín
Department of Clinical, Experimental and Social Psychology
University of Huelva, Spain
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Received February 24, 2014; Accepted February 26, 2014; Published February 28, 2014
Citation: Fernández-Calderón F (2014) Application of Harm Reduction Interventions to Recreational Drug Use. J Socialomics 3:e123. doi:10.4172/2167-0358.1000e123
Copyright: © 2014 Fernández-Calderón F. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

arm reduction programs are strategies aimed to minimize harm associated with a given circumstance. One of these circumstances is drug consumption, where intervention under this approach is designed to minimize the potential risks associated with drug use rather than eliminate it . Harm reduction aims to empower drug users to make informed and responsible decisions that help them to reduce the risk associated with their drug use. Harm reduction arose during the 80s in the Netherlands and United Kingdom to reduce the negative consequences of drug injection . Since then, it has been expanded worldwide and nowadays it represents a normalized and accepted intervention with drug users who have established a problematic relationship with the substance (mainly with opiates). Its activities include: methadone maintenance treatment, needle exchange programs or drug consumption rooms . Moreover, in the 90s harm reduction started to be applied in recreational contexts and nightlife. In these contexts, risks are more linked to the acute effects of drugs (overdose) than substance use disorders and related problems. Among its strategies, it can be found: outreach activities, peer-education interventions or on-site drug checking  Like many authors have shown these interventions are well accepted and appreciated by recreational drug users.

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