Harm reduction – a neglected policy option in South Africa

  • Andy Gray University of KwaZulu-Natal


The term “harm reduction” has a very specific meaning in relation to drugs of abuse (whether licit or illicit). Harm reduction is defined as “policies, programmes and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs without necessarily reducing drug consumption”.1 The Harm Reduction Coalition has expanded on the definition, by listing a set of principles.2

Author Biography

Andy Gray, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Division of Pharmacology Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal