Harm and Risk Reduction Model in Portugal

"The Harm and Risk Reduction model implemented in Portugal, aims to propose, through integrated work, to users who are unable or unwilling to renounce drug use, help to reduce harm they cause themselves trough alternatives paths that lead to treatment facilities and therefore a gradual process of stabilization and organization, which may allow the recovery process. Thus the focus is the National Network of Harm and Risk Reduction (RRMD) as an integrated intervention model, recommended by the Operational Program of Integrated Responses (PORI), via the implementation of projects under the Program of Integrated Response (PRIs).
"The main priorities established by the National Plan 2005-2012 in the area of Harm and risk reduction are:
"• To set up a global network of integrated and complementary responses in this area with public and private partners;
"• To target specific groups for risk reduction and harm minimisation programs.
"In 2011 the main objectives for the area of Harm and Risk reduction were:
"• Ensure the systematic collection of information through proximity structures with the view to a better knowledge of the phenomenon, specially for the group of users/consumers of psychoactive substances which don’t seek the conventional treatment network;
"• Consolidate the RRMD national Network through following and monitoring the work done and also invest in the training of the different intervinients;
"• Integrate and complement the intervention in this area with the several responses available at the level of prevention, treatment and reintegration at intra and interinstitutional level."


Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction, I.P., "2012 National Report (2011 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: PORTUGAL: New Development, Trends and in-depth information on selected issues" (Lisbon, Portugal: 2012), p. 84.