Harm reduction refers to a broad range of policies and practices that try to reduce the physical, mental and societal harms that people do to themselves and/or others from their drug and alcohol use.
This article covers a wide range of harm reduction strategies and best practice suggestions for those who use drugs and alcohol, those around them, their communities and the country as a whole, including those involved with sex work, those who drink/drug drive and what help and support is available to those who want it.
The laws controlling drug use are complicated but there are three main statutes regulating the availability of drugs in the UK: The Misuse of Drugs Act (1971), The Medicines Act (1968) and The Psychoactive Substances Act (2016).
Understanding how these UK laws impact your life because of drugs, alcohol and addiction. Find out all you need to know here in this guide to UK drug and alcohol laws and the classification system that revolves around it.
You will also be able to find help and support if you are currently involved in any criminal investigations, criminal punishment or concerned for others involved in the world of drugs, alcohol and addiction.