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Harm reduction refers to the policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself, and the focus on people who continue to use drugs.
Harm reduction has been a principle of Australian governments' approach to drug use for several decades, beginning in the 1980s when the first needle syringe program was first introduced.
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