A Utah-based harm reduction advocate once said to me, “I love cops.”
That surprised me — just a little bit.
If you aren’t familiar with the “harm reduction” movement and its philosophy, think of syringe exchange programs and safer-sex education. Basically, harm reductionists acknowledge potentially unsafe and illegal activities, such as drug use and sex work, as reality. With that understanding, harm reduction programs seek to stop the spread of HIV, drug overdose and other avoidable outcomes for people already facing difficult lives.