What is Addiction Harm Reduction Compliancy?

Addiction Harm Reduction Compliancy is a value that commits individuals and companies to a set of Principles, Compliancy Solutions and Processes which reduce the harm that addiction causes to society.

The Harm Principles…

1. In reality, South Africa and corporates profit from the sale of certain products and services which are addictive in nature.

2. More people live with, and die from an addiction, than HIV/AIDS, therefore it is important for companies that profit from the sale of these products and services to commit to reducing harm

3. Addictive products and services cause harm to a certain percentage of the population of South African society.

4. It is not desirable to profit from people who cannot control their consumption of addictive products and/or services.

5. Individuals and corporates who profit from the sale of products and or services that are addictive in nature are accountable for reducing the harm that their products cause to society.

Compliancy Solutions & Processes…

1. Where Government (in the form of taxes) and companies who profit from addictive products and services accept that profiting from people who are addicted (cannot control themselves) is unacceptable without attempting to reduce the harm  that these products and services cause.

2. Where those who profit from addictive products and services commit to measuring the harm addiction causes to South Africa through national research projects every five years.

3. Where those who profit from addictive products and services commit to increasing Addiction Harm Reduction spending on prevention and treatment to acceptable levels within a reasonable period of time.

4. Where those who profit from addictive products and services commit to safe and responsible advertising practices and open communication with national addiction lobby groups such as the Addiction Harm Reduction Campaign.

Protests

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Dr. Vincent Maphai, Director of Corporate Affairs and Transformation at SAB receives the AAC’s memorandum of demands from AAC Chairperson, Warren Whitfield. The result of this protest was that SAB significantly increased their harm reduction spending and sponsored Warren Whitfield to attend the NADA USA conference at Yale University.

This enabled the birth of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association in SA.Since then over 90 NADA ADP practitioners have been trained countrywide to deal with the epidemic of addiction in SA.

We are very grateful to Stuart Marshall and Thlokotsi Mackie from NEHAWU for supporting us at this demonstration.

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