Is Unharm a harm reduction organisation?


No, but Unharm’s mission complements ‘harm reduction’ programs like needle and syringe exchanges, which have been shown to be effective in making drug use safer.


Unharm aims to bring the focus back to people, by remaining neutral about drugs. ‘Promoting safety’ and ‘promoting wellbeing’ are good alternatives that avoid stigmatisation and make positive connections to people’s own practices of care and responsibility.

Harmful drug use is also often rooted in deeper problems, like trauma, arbitrary criminalisation or isolation. Practically and morally, wellbeing requires that we to do more than reduce the harms of drug use. We have to build and maintain communities where people can live well.

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