Kenneth Anderson

Author: Kenneth Anderson

Kenneth Anderson, M.A. is the author of the book How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol – a self-help manual for safer drinking, reduced drinking, or quitting alcohol altogether. Mr. Anderson is also the founder and CEO of The HAMS Harm Reduction Network. The acronym HAMS stands for Harm Reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. HAMS is the first world-wide, harm reduction-based support group specifically for people who drink alcohol. HAMS is lay-led and free-of-charge. Mr. Anderson has worked in the field of harm reduction since 2002. His wide range of experience includes serving as Director of Online Services at Moderation Management, working "in the trenches" of harm reduction doing needle exchange in Minneapolis, and serving as Director of Development at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center in New York City. He has been a regular presenter at the National Harm Reduction Conference since 2008 and has been a guest speaker at the Harlem Hospital Harm Reduction Program, New York University, The New School for Social Research, and many other venues. Mr. Anderson is a member of The International Center for Clinical Excellence and the International Harm Reduction Association. He holds a masters degree in psychology and substance abuse counseling from the New School for Social Research as well as a masters degree in linguistics from the University of Minnesota.
  • M.A. Psychology, The New School for Social Research; M.A. Linguistics, University of Minnesota
  • Executive Director, Author
  • The HAMS Harm Reduction Network, Inc.
  • Harm Reduction for Alcohol, Needle Exchange, Opioids
Reducing Drug Use or Reducing Harm: What Matters More? Interventions for Urban, Methamphetamine-Using Men Who Have Sex With Men

A number of interventions to reduce high-risk sexual behaviors and drug use among methamphetamine using MSM have been implemented.

How the Japanese Deal With Alcohol

Social pressures to drink and the stigma around admitting that one has a problem make abstinence and harm reduction much more difficult in Japan.

Fatal Marijuana Overdose is NOT a Myth

The truth is that although marijuana is one of the safest drugs around, far safer than opioids, alcohol, Tylenol, or antidepressants, it is still toxic when the dose is large enough.

Psychiatric Medications Kill More Americans than Heroin

Psychiatric medication overdose killed 50% more people in the US than heroin overdose in 2014; why isn’t this drug epidemic a front page story?

Heroin Hysteria: Media Misinformation and Responsible Reporting

If the media bothered to get their facts straight there could be a lot less hysteria and a lot more lives saved.

Ibogaine and Related Compounds: Safety and Effectiveness

Ibogaine has become increasingly popular in recent years for the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence, but how safe and effective are the treatments?

Who’s in Favor of Addiction and Death?

How can the U.S. claim to have “evidence-based” answers to the addiction epidemic when we’ve seen drug use, addiction, and overdose deaths on a steady climb for the past 20 years?

How Many Kinds of Alcohol Dependence Are There?

Research indicates there are many kinds of alcohol dependence, suggesting there should be just as many different treatment options available.

How the Media Is Fueling the So-Called Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Evidence shows that over 90% of opioid overdose deaths are the result of polydrug poisoning, yet the media tells us that these deaths are caused by an opioid overdose epidemic.

The Human Rights Model of Drug Use and Drug Problems

It goes without saying that a proper role of government is to prevent, contain and curtail drug-related harms, but should that role include policing voluntary drug use?

Death After Treatment for Heroin Dependence

Although a few areas such as New York have made progress in this direction, the country lags behind and remains mired in a slough of ignorance and overdose death.

Don’t Blame Addicts for the Painkiller Overdose Epidemic

Maybe now that white middle class people in the suburbs are dying we will be able to convince the media to drop the stereotypes and believe that drug mixing kills.

Ultimate Harm Reduction Guide to Drug Mixing

Opioid overdoses are seldom due to opioid use alone; the majority are a result of mixing an opioid with some other drug. What are the most dangerous combinations?

Why Heroin is Not the New Marijuana

We often hear the myth of Johnny, a typical teenager, who is rooting around in grandma’s medicine and finds her pain pills. He tries one and becomes instantly addicted.

Outcome of Alcoholism? Not ‘Jails, Institutions or Death’

AA founder Bill Wilson was quite fond of threatening atheists and people who didn’t go to AA with death. Do these statements have any basis in scientific fact?