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Harm Reduction – A Catholic Approach with Dr. Lucas Vivas
January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
“Harm reduction” is an approach to the treatment of medical illness that focuses on reducing collateral harms rather than reversing or changing fundamental behaviours. It is the prevailing philosophy in the treatment of concurrent medical-psychiatric disorders such as drug and alcohol abuse. Many of the methods used in harm reduction seem at odds with the Catholic understanding of morality, including the objective nature of moral acts and the appropriateness of cooperating with evil. In this seminar, we will explore a Catholic response to harm reduction approaches through the lens of needle-exchange programs and supervised injection sites for drug abuse.