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Over the counter care: Service provider perspectives on the application of harm reduction in a syringe exchange program
by Blalock-Wiker, Chloe Peru, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 148; 1591591
Abstract (Summary)

"Harm reduction," or services aimed at reducing the negative effects of high-risk behavior, like drug use, is a fledgling social movement and relatively new type of service provision in the United States. Although it contains guiding principles, it also has many different manifestations. The varying ways in which harm reduction can be implemented reflect the numerous ways in which it can be defined, and this has been a major point of critique in recent literature. Although many sources speak about its definition, very few explore how harm reduction workers actually define their work, and I would argue that harm reduction is actually defined on a daily basis by those performing it. This study explores how service providers both define and practice harm reduction in their everyday activities at a syringe exchange program facility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: LeMaster, Barbara
Commitee: Loewe, Ron, Quintiliani, Karen
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Applied Anthropology Program
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social work, Public health, Public policy
Keywords: Drug use
Publication Number: 1591591
ISBN: 978-1-321-83388-1
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