HRI is a leading non-governmental organisation working to reduce the negative health, social and human rights impacts of drug use and drug policy by promoting evidence-based public health policies and practices, and human rights based approaches to drugs. Read more about HRI’s history.
Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to
reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people
unable or unwilling to stop. The defining features are the focus on the
prevention of harm, rather than on the prevention of drug use itself,
and the focus on people who continue to use drugs.
HRI benefits from the generous support of the Open Society Foundations, the European Commission, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund, UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank, The Robert Carr Networks Fund and the Swiss Government.
Read our latest report calling for a Harm Reduction Decade, sign the Harm Reduction Decade Declaration, call for #10by20, and stand up for human rights of people who use drugs, their families and communities.
Our flagship publication is the biennial Global State of Harm Reduction report. First published in 2008, it involves a coordinated effort across practitioners, academics, advocates and activists to map global data and responses to HIV and hepatitis C epidemics related to unsafe injecting and non-injecting drug use. It is the only report to provide an independent analysis of the state of harm reduction in the world. The information collated within the report is stored and regularly updated on an interactive e-tool for researchers and advocates.
The Global State of Harm Reduction report is supplemented by regular
thematic reports and advisories on key issues and emerging challenges.
Please search our Resource Library for more information or join our e-list for regular updates.
Global State of Harm Reduction’ e-tool is an interactive resource containing up-to-date information on harm reduction policy and programming around the world. Users can select countries or regions and create tables for an at-a-glance guide to the current state of harm reduction worldwide.
Harm Reduction Journal, www.harmreductionjournal.com, is an open access, peer-reviewed,
online journal whose focus is on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive
drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for
effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and
social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies.