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CLINICAL HARM REDUCTION FOR ADDICTION: A STRATEGY INTERNISTS CAN (AND DO) EMBRACE

With the opioid epidemic raging, there are many calls from advocates and policymakers to expand access to addiction treatment as well as harm reduction services in cities around the United States. Clinicians of all stripes understand the concept of treating a disease. But fewer appreciate how medical practice aligns with the latter endeavor: reducing harm. I posit that practitioners of general internal medicine are already well-acquainted with the philosophical and pragmatic underpinnings of this parallel approach to care … Download the full article below.


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