Ruth Dreifuss, the former president of Switzerland made a speech at the opening session of the International Harm Reduction Conference. She spoke about the need to have a more comprehensive understanding of harm reduction that goes beyond the traditional public health definition of this term. "Time has come to a broader understanding of harms produced by the moralistic condemnation of activities which do not harm others," said Ms. Dreifuss. The pursuit of the dream of a drug-free society leads to executions, murders, mass imprisonment and other human rights abuses - we cannot ignore the broader, international context of drug policy related harms.
Posted by Peter Sarosi and Istvan Gabor Takács