Harm reduction is a set of ideas and interventions that seek to reduce the harms associated with the use of addictive substances as well as the policies and laws related to regulating these substances. The harm reduction approach starkly contrasts with punitive approaches to problematic use of addictive substances—it is based on acknowledging the dignity and humanity of people who use these substances and bringing them into a community of care in order to minimize negative consequences and promote optimal health and social inclusion.