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Introduction to ‘The human rights dimension of drug use and harm reduction’

In this video, Ernst Wisse and Judy Chang introduce the 3rd topic of the MOOC on Harm Reduction and drug use, focussing on the human rights dimension

Welcome to the second week! The first activity of week 2 covers the topic: “The human rights dimension of drug use and harm reduction”. Judy and Ernst give you the outlines of how this topic will be covered in the next steps.

Discussing the human rights dimension is a natural follow-up to the public health perspective in the previous activity. Harm Reduction is not merely a ‘kind way’ of doing things, or just a disease driven response. In fact, it ties seamlessly into the international human rights principles. You will hear how this is the case in relation to access to health, but also through broader principles such as social rights and protection of arbitrary arrest and detention.

This activity also touches on some related areas, such as access to Harm Reduction in prison, the racial dimension of the war on drugs and an exploration of the gender perspective on harm reduction implementation.

You are currently at the first topic of week 2

1. What is Harm Reduction?
2. The public health dimension of drug use and harm reduction
[»]The human rights dimension of drug use and harm reduction
4. The community at the heart of the response
5. Advocating for Harm Reduction
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