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Harm Reduction Approach in Managing Substance Abuse

1. The practice of harm reduction promotes:

A. The right to be treated with dignity.

B. The right to exercise self-determination related to use.

C. The right to expect and receive collaboration in therapeutic relationships.

D. All of the above.


2. Each of the following are principles of harm reduction practice, except:

A. Individuals have a voice.

B. The focus is on reducing consumption.

C. The individual’s decision to engage in risky behaviors is accepted.

D. The individual is expected to take responsibility for his or her behavior and resultant natural consequences.


3. Clinicians can use risk-reduction practices with people who engage in any kind of behavior that causes harm or risk of harm.

A. True

B. False


4. Assessing the person’s readiness to change and exploring ambivalence is essential before the clinician can move into problem solving.

A. True

B. False


5. Evidence-based, feasible, and cost-effective ways of mitigating health risks associated with drug use and other high-risk behaviors include all of the following, except:

A. STD testing

B. Condom distribution

C. Access to sterile syringes

D. Medications for opioid dependence


6. The syringe exchange program helps:

A. Keep used needles out of public places and city landfills.

B. To prevent needle stick accidents.

C. To prevent possible exposure to infectious disease.

D. All of the above.


7. Client education is the greatest harm reduction approach that can be taken to decrease the risks of mortality and morbidity.

A. True

B. False


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