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Science shows that harm reduction works

Harm reduction works. It saves lives, and it helps people overcome their addictions.

Harm reduction works. It saves lives, and it helps people overcome their addictions.

As I’ve engaged with people who opposed harm reduction efforts, I’ve noticed that the opposition is usually based on ideologies or, at best, cherry-picked data.

For example, people claim that until the local supervised consumption site opened, they never saw discarded needles, despite the fact that Arches has been distributing needles for decades. Since the SCS opened, they’ve seen discarded needles. They use this experience to extrapolate that needles are on the rise and that the SCS is the cause.

(This is an example of the frequency illusion, a type of cognitive bias, but that’s kind of beside the point.)

Anyhow, someone recently asked on Facebook for readings people could use to learn about supervised consumption sites. Since I’ve been sharing a bunch of such resources on my Facebook page, I thought I’d compile a list of them here.

If you know of others, let us know in the comments.

Enjoy.

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 5 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on social issues and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I recently finished writing a book debunking several capitalism myths. My newest book writing project is on the labour history of Lethbridge.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him.

3 replies on “Science shows that harm reduction works”

Thank you Kim for compiling this, for your advocacy and for being a loving human being on this mixed up planet.
The world needs you continuing to speak the truth.

Thank you Kim for compiling this, for your advocacy and for being a loving human being on this mixed up planet.
The world needs you continuing to speak the truth.

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