The objectives of drug law enforcement should be framed explicitly in terms of the reduction of harms, and methods of measurement developed that move beyond the currently utilised proxy and process measures.

As with public health harm reduction in the 1980s, the process of definition of these measures,and the development of effective strategies to achieve them, is in its infancy.

However, there are encouraging signs that policy makers are beginning to think in these terms, and will be open to the proposals of new measures and tactics proposed by the academic and advocacy community.

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