There are a number of issues that make harms reduction the most compelling. For instance, the the presentation goes beyond the proscribed use of drugs but addresses even the matters that are taken for granted due to conventional practices by the medical practitioners, courtesy of government permission. For instance Lareen Enteen questions matters that touch on medical philosophy that seeks to explain why the LSD, Ayahuasca, Abogaine ,the MDMA, and the Psilocybin are used in psychotherapy or in treatment, yet they have not been extensively researched on, given the fact that they are known to be very lethal.
Therefore, unlike other approaches which solely focus on dealing with the welfare of the proscribed users of drugs, Harms reduction seeks protection for all. The presentation of the Harms reduction also goes right into the heart of the problem by equipping the drug abusers themselves so as to abate cases of death which arise out of overdose from Opioids, heroin, cocaine, among others. For instance, heroin users are always provided with Narcan, so as to ward off death or harm resulting from overdose (Durand and Barlow, 2005 pp.
106). Harms reduction is a technique that was formed by the Harms Reduction Commission, under the aegis of the Advocacy for national health and human rights. It, as an approach, seeks to prevent extensive harm or death from happening, following a drug overdose by a drug user. The administrator who can be anyone, is equipped with the tools to carry out the exercise. Harm reduction seeks to address issues that relate to drug abuse. Some of these issues touch on the safety of the harm prevention administrators.
Other legal issues apart from pressing the federal government to ensure increased distribution of the safety kit, also seek to increase awareness about the dangers on the use of drugs, and how to reduce deaths in case of casualties (Barlow and Durand, 2004 pp. 45). Laureen Enteen has done a commendable job so far. However, her approach leaves loopholes that should be sealed. For example, the approach of fitting the drug abusers with the kits is, may seem to the drug abusers as abetting the vice.
Again, fitting the addicts with anti overdose facilities may not work since upon being overdosed, the casualties are always known to loose control. The procedure also seems devoid of making efforts to enhance justice: it does not aim at using the casualty to know the supplier of the drugs. The harms reduction approach has brought in massive cases of human lives being saved and therefore, should be allocated more resources by the government.
However, the DOPE ( Prevention of Death from Overdose) program must be knit with the legal system to net the drug barons. Most people have not been exposed to the harms reduction, but exposure should be limited to the adolescent and the post adolescent since younger children are not yet fully mature (physically and intellectually) to deal with the dangers that may be posed by the drug addicts.