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Enabling environments and the reduction of drug-related harm: re-framing Australian policy and practice.

Moore D, Dietze P

  • Journal Drug and alcohol review

  • Published 03 Feb 2006

  • Volume 24

  • ISSUE 3

  • Pagination 275-84

  • DOI 10.1080/09595230500170258


In this paper Moore & Dietze use data from their study of street-based injecting drug users and sex workers in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda to challenge the dominant emphasis of drug policy in Australia. They remind us that while existing harm reduction strategies that encourage individual behaviour change should be continued, these measures need to be complemented and extended by further attention to the environmental aspects of drug-related harm. This is a timely call. Responses targeting individual behaviour change are relatively easy to implement and less politically challenging. However, if we are really serious about reducing drug-related harm in the Australian community, then broader systemic and structural barriers which undermine these efforts must be addressed.Simon LentonEditor, Harm Reduction Digest.