Harm Reduction Website Reviews
Organisations and individuals are contributing to a growing body of harm reduction information on the Internet. Websites vary in target groups and purpose. With websites devoted to professional development, advocacy, law reform and the dissemination of harm reduction information, it can be difficult to keep pace the number of great websites that are emerging.
There are some obvious advantages to “going online”. Advocacy and law reform groups can reach a wider audience and coordinate responses to campaigns. Professional development sites can provide up to date information to workers at the coalface in a manner that is accessible when workers need it. Harm reduction information provided online meets people where they are at. With many drug users never accessing alcohol and other drug services, this factor is critical in disseminating information that can substantially reduce the harms an individual may experience due to their substance use. It appears then that the growing presence of harm reduction websites is a “good thing”.
Given this I thought it might be valuable to provide reviews of some of the harm reduction websites that I come across in my travels. Over the next few months I will be releasing a series of website reviews. All of the articles will be tagged “website” just in case you want to read the whole series.