Do you think these harm reduction strategies are “acts of compassion” or do they encourage and perpetuate drug use?
Module 8 The Future discussion
HUS 4442: Substance Abuse and the Family
Required Textbooks: Hart, C.L. &Ksir, C. (2014). Drugs, society, and human behavior (17th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9781259913860
Important Note: Quoted material is not allowed for coursework
I think that we all could agree that illicit drug use is not going to just go away!
• Stigma and the toll of addiction
• Ethical imperatives to overcome stigma against people with substance use disorders
• Review the website Harm reduction SAMHSA
• Got Narcan?
• The harm reduction model of substance abuse treatment [12:15 min. in length]
Supplemental Resources – Definitely worth a look and/or a bookmark:
• The merits of harm reduction [Ted Talk 13;42 min in length]
• Compassionate response; In the opioid crisis here’s what it takes to save a life [Ted Talk 14:20 min]
• Syringe services programs FAQ
• Summary of information on the safety and effectiveness of Syringe Services Programs (SSPs)
• IDEA Fact Sheet [Florida]
• Harm reduction as an act of compassion [Ted Talk 9:47 min in length]
• Harm Reduction.Org
Module 8 Discussion Forum 1
Harm Reduction – Is it a necessary focus for the future?
After reviewing the readings and resources, in a post of at least 150 words discuss your thoughts on the value/necessity of harm reduction in relation to substance abuse. Specify your views for example, on Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) and the use and provision of NARCAN to save lives in case of overdose. Do you think these harm reduction strategies are “acts of compassion” or do they encourage and perpetuate drug use? Do you think that harm reduction strategies have positive impacts on other social/health issues such as stigma, family loss and strife, or the reduction in HIV rates/other infectious diseases that may spread through the use of dirty needles? Is harm reduction where we need to focus for the future?
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