Harm induction vs. harm reduction: Comparing american and british approaches to drug use
American culture, British culture, Harm reduction, Puritans, War on drugs
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
The disease model for drug use and abuse, while still the predominant conceptualization guiding U.S. treatment, is now being challenged by the harm reduction model, highly developed in Britain. This paper examines both positions in light of historical/cultural differences related to Puritan zealotry and argues that with regard to illegal drugs, America’s War on Drugs actually inflicts harm. The huge government expenditure, spread of AIDS, criminalization of drug users, and treatment neglect are just several of the negative consequences. © 1999 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Wormer, Katherine Van, "Harm induction vs. harm reduction: Comparing american and british approaches to drug use" (1999). Faculty Publications. 3784.