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 AuthorJonathan Caulkins and H. John Heinz 
 PublishedJanuary 2002 
 Report typeCrime and Justice Bulletin No. 64 
 SubjectDiversion, Drugs and Drug Courts 
 Keywordsharm reduction, law enforcement, drug policy, drugs 
  
 

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Aim

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This paper reviews a framework for thinking about harm reduction goals, and illustrates how some harm reduction perspectives are more receptive than others to a prominent law enforcement role.

Abstract

Abstract
Law enforcement can play a valuable role within a harm reduction paradigm, but this possibility is often overlooked. This paper reviews a framework for thinking about harm reduction goals, and illustrates how some harm reduction perspectives are more receptive than others to a prominent law enforcement role. Five specific roles for law enforcement are then outlined: partnerships with treatment and other interventions, constraining supply, time-focused intervention early in an epidemic, reducing control costs and associated harms, and exploiting drug markets’ inherent adaptability.