Just Say "Less" to Drugs!
"The Civil Rights Movement of this decade is Mental Health Care quality and equality."
-- Updated July 1, 2006 --

      Welcome!

    This page is dedicated to "harm reduction" concepts and to the proposition that the now well-established principle of "moderation" rather than "zero tolerance" has shown itself to be a best practice in substance abuse prevention and treatment.

    Below, you will find links to the King County Bar Association's Drug Policy Project and to other resources for understanding "harm reduction" policies.

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      Harm Reduction News.

    To find the very latest news about harm reduction policies and programs, we recommend that you go to the Google News Search Engine page and type into the search box the words "harm reduction" (with quotes around the two words) or a similar search phrase. You will get a comprehensive list of the most current articles from a large number of publications.

      Resources for Understanding Harm Reduction.

    The following links are to Web sites devoted to harm reduction policies and initiatives:

    • Drug Policy Alliance home page -- "reason, compassion, justice." The Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization working to broaden the public debate on drug policy and to promote realistic alternatives to the war on drugs based on science, compassion, health and human rights. The Alliance was formerly known as The Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation.

    • The Harm Reduction Coalition. The Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) is committed to reducing drug-related harm among individuals and communities by initiating and promoting local, regional, and national harm reduction education, interventions, and community organizing. HRC fosters alternative models to conventional health and human services and drug treatment; challenges traditional client/provider relationships; and provides resources, educational materials, and support to health professionals and drug users in their communities to address drug-related harm.

    • The Canadian Harm Reduction Project. The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is the meeting place for individuals and organizations across Canada dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies.

    • King County, Washington's Harm Reduction Web site and King County's Harm Reduction Links and Resources Page.

      The Drug Policy Project can use Our Support!

    Do you believe chemical dependency treatment works? The comprehensive February 10, 2002, New York Times article Staying Clean, among many important things, makes the following points. If Staying Clean is no longer available on the New York Times Web site, click the following link to download a 15-page Adobe Acrobat version of Staying Clean (PDF version) (approximate download time for 56k modem is 5 minutes.)

    • "Consider: The federal government spends about two-thirds of its $19.2 billion drug budget on law enforcement and interdiction. A result has been a skyrocketing prison population -- it has tripled in the last two decades -- with at least 60 percent of inmates reporting a history of substance abuse. The cost of warehousing nonviolent drug offenders is more than twice as great as treating them. Meanwhile, a study by the RAND corporation's drug-policy center found that for every dollar spent on treatment, taxpayers save more than seven in other services, largely through reduced crime and medical fees and increased productivity. A visit to the emergency room, for instance, costs as much as a month in rehab, and more than 70,000 heroin addicts are admitted to E.R.'s annually."

    • "If treatment is conceived of as an ongoing process rather than as a cure, a different, more optimistic notion of success emerges. Although addicts may relapse, a year after treatment their drug use decreases by 50 percent, according to the National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study, and their illegal activity drops as much as 80 percent. They are also less likely than before to engage in high-risk sexual behavior or to require emergency room care. Other studies have shown that they are less likely to be on welfare, and that their mental health improves."

      Thank You for Stopping By!

        - Best wishes, Ron Sterling M.D. (Seattle, Washington, USA)


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