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The Ethics of Harm Reduction

Jarrett Zigon Phd, William and Linda Porterfield Chair of Bioethics and Professor of Anthropology
United States

I propose to spend the summer writing an article in which I explore the ethics of harm reduction, which is the most effective prevention program of infectious diseases among active injecting drug users. This article will argue that nonjudgement, which is the fundamental principle of harm reduction philosophy, is the basis for any ethical practice. As such, harm reduction as a public health initiative is perhaps the most visible example of ethics in practice.

Grant Date/Year: 
September, 2019