From the perspective of the “war on drugs” ideology, all harm reduction is suspicious because it seems to undermine the “just say no” message. And indeed, if you would like to understand what harm reduction is really about, first you have to realize the stupidity of the “war on drugs” itself.
There has always been people who used drugs, their numbers cannot be reduced by waging a war against them. Of course you can arrest and imprison a lot of people, you can threaten schoolchildren with dramatic TV ads about the dangers of drug use and you can deny people from accessing sterile needles and syringes but the only result you get is more crime, more violence, more infections and more deaths.
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