Harm reduction is a public health principle.

Primarily it recognises that throughout civilisation people have and likely always will engage in behaviours which hold risks – such as heavy drinking, causal and unprotected sex, and drug (mis)use (Pates R, 1995).

Importantly, harm reduction emphasises the need for identifying specific harms; for interventions to be evidenced based and targeted; and importantly to adopt realistic goals (Wodak A, 2005).

“…are we really achieving the reduction of harm…”