Harm reduction policies: When does it help and when does it backfire?, with J.Cawley

Speaker:  Davide Dragone - University of Bologna
  Thursday, May 30, 2024

Some harm reduction strategies promote switching from a more harmful addictive substance to a less harmful one. Examples include e-cigarettes (substitutes for combustible cigarettes) and methadone and buprenorphine (substitutes for opioids). These strategies are controversial. Advocates argue that individuals with addictions benefit by transitioning to a less harmful substance. Opponents contend that such strategies might encourage non-users to start using the harm-reduction method or even the original addictive substance. This paper builds on addiction theories to model the introduction of a harm reduction method, illustrating the conditions under which each perspective holds true.

Programme Director
Paola Bertoli

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Publication date
November 3, 2023