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1 UW/ABRC Harm Reduction G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D. University of Washington Addictive Behaviors Research Center (206)

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6 UW/ABRC Harm Reduction: History  U.K. Model  Medicalization Approach  Netherlands  Normalization Approach  Junkie bond

7 UW/ABRC Dutch Model  Realistic and pragmatic  Social/health approach  Openness, “Normalization” leads to access, control  Distinction between “soft” and “hard” drugs  Low threshold treatment policies

8 UW/ABRC Dutch vs. American Drug Policies  Low vs. High threshold access to prevention and treatment programs  Public health vs. Criminal justice approach  Tolerance vs. Zero-tolerance  Normalization vs. Denormalization policies

9 UW/ABRC Harm Reduction: Central Assumptions  Public health alternatives to moral/criminal and disease models of drug use and addiction  Recognizes abstinence as an ideal outcome, but accepts other alternatives  Often partners with the group to obtain input on programs

10 UW/ABRC Harm Reduction: Overview  Harmful consequences of drug use can be placed on a continuum  Goal: to move along this continuum by taking steps to reduce harm

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12 UW/ABRC Harm Reduction “Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar, Chapter 6

13 UW/ABRC Harm Reduction: Methods  Safer route of drug administration  Alternative, safer substances  Reduce frequency of drug use  Reduce intensity of drug use  Reduce harmful consequences of drug use

14 UW/ABRC Harm Reduction: Behavior Change  Individual  Environment  Policy

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21 How was I supposed to know that the apple was a controlled substance?

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46 UW/ABRC Thank You.


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