Harm Reduction and Personal Responsibility

We at The HAMS Harm Reduction Network believe that individuals are always responsible for their own actions. Intoxication is never an excuse for a criminal act. HAMS believes that individuals need to plan their use of mood altering substances carefully in advance so that they use in such a manner which causes harm to neither themselves nor others.

Someone who is careless enough to drink and drive and kill someone merits the same legal sanctions as a dead sober driver who kills someone. Chemical dependency treatment should never be made a substitute for legal sanctions–this only serves to encourage unacceptable behavior.

The natural correlate of personal liberty is personal responsibility. We do not accept excuses such as “the alcohol made me do it”.

Acts which cause no harm to self or others such as the recreational use of marijuana should not be considered criminal at all. Legal sanctions should only be applied to actions which infringe upon the liberty of others.

I guess that you can tell that I have been reading Thomas Szasz today 🙂



About Kenneth Anderson

Kenneth Anderson is the author of the book How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol. He is also the founder and CEO of The HAMS Harm Reduction Network.
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