16. Prevention and Harm Reduction in Addiction

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch16

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Prevention and Harm Reduction in Addiction, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch16

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • prevention and harm reduction in addiction;
  • current climate of alcohol and drug misuse - forming part of nurse's role in residential and community settings;
  • updated UK government alcohol strategy;
  • prevention activities, three levels - primary, secondary and tertiary;
  • secondary prevention, the prevention of the sequelae of misuse of psychoactive substances - limiting disability or dysfunction;
  • preventive interventions for nurses - primary and secondary interventions, combining assessment, intervention and evaluation;
  • selective prevention programmes target groups - or subsets of population, already using drugs;
  • health education materials, reducing demand for psychoactive substances - promotion of healthy lifestyles and suitable alternatives;
  • harm reduction approach to drugs, based on a strong commitment to public health and human rights (IHRA 2009);
  • harm reduction advice - for safer drug use


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Prevention

  • Framework for classifying prevention

  • Prevention approaches and interventions

  • Substance misuse and the workplace

  • Rational use of psychoactive substances

  • Harm reduction approaches

  • Principles of harm reduction

  • Needle exchange schemes

  • References