Harm Reduction Associated with Drug Use and Drug Policies*

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Harm reduction includes policies, programs, and practices that aim to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high-risk behavior, especially substance use and abuse. Harm reduction recognizes that high-risk behavior may continue despite the risks. This presentation will review the past and present of the harm reduction movement both nationally and internationally and give examples of innovative programs from all over the world. 


  • Explain what, why, and how of harm reduction.
  • Analyze the history of the harm reduction movement.
  • Identify examples of harm reduction both in our communities and internationally.
  • Review the legal and “ethical” issues in the harm reduction movement.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board # 20-703345 (C8, R1)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 5
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

    • Lecture1.1
      Harm Reduction Associated with Drug Use and Drug Policies

    • Lecture2.1
      Harm Reduction Associated with Drug Use and Drug Policies
  • QUIZ 1

    • Quiz3.1
      Harm Reduction Associated with Drug Use and Drug Policies 15 questions
Heather Connors LCAS, MAC is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in North Carolina and has the Master Addiction Counselor accreditation from NAADAC. She currently works for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as a substance abuse consultant for the UNC Medical Center and the UNC Department of Psychiatry. She earned a bachelors in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University, Seattle. She has a certification in Non-Profit Management from the University of Washington, Seattle and is an ARISE trained interventionist. Heather has worked extensively with pregnant and parenting women in the inpatient, outpatient and detoxification levels of care. She has been working with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for 13 years and most recently trained primary care providers on how to integrate MAT into their clinics. She has specific interest in Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change.