Harm Reduction

April 26, 2018. Article by: Government of B.C.

WATCH & SHARE Dr. Mark Tyndall’s TEDMED Talk on Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is sometimes misunderstood as “giving up” on people who use drugs. As public health expert Dr. Mark Tyndall of the BC Centre for Disease Control explains,

“In fact, it is just the opposite.

“We are not giving up on people. We know that if recovery is ever going to happen we must keep people alive. Offering someone a clean needle or a safe place to inject is the first step to treatment and recovery.”