London, United Kingdom, and Montréal, QC, Canada, March 21st 2016 – Harm Reduction International (HRI) and The Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec (AIDQ), with the support of the Direction de la santé publique (DSP) of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec (Health and Social Services Ministry of Québec) and Tourisme Montréal, are pleased to announce that the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference will be hosted in Montréal from May 14th to 17th 2017.
Held once every two years in a different country around the world, the International Harm Reduction Conference has become the global focal point for knowledge-sharing, networking and promoting best practice in the field of harm reduction. The conference is attended by up to 1000 delegates from over 70 countries, including medical and policy experts, harm reduction practitioners, campaigners, and people who use drugs.
For Québec, and for Canada as a whole, this major event will be an exceptional opportunity for local, regional and national community groups, healthcare and social services stakeholders, and the wider population, to learn about progress and innovation around the world, and to share their own expertise and experience with a global audience.
2017 is a notable year for Montréal, as the city will be celebrating its 375th anniversary.
Harm Reduction International and the Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec will publish further details about the conference by the end of May 2016.
About Harm Reduction International
Harm Reduction International is a world-leading non-governmental organisation working to promote and expand support for harm reduction as well as reduce drug related harms by promoting evidence-based public health policies and practices, and human rights-based approaches to drug policy. www.hri.global
About the Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec
The Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec (AIDQ) was officially created on December 1st 2015 and is the result of the grouping of the Association des intervenants en toxicomanie du Québec and the Association des centres de réadaptation en dépendance du Québec. The AIDQ values and supports intervention in the areas of prevention, treatment and social reintegration of people struggling with addiction, or at risk of. The AIDQ focuses its actions on developing and maintaining the expertise of addiction workers, regardless of their area of intervention. www.aidq.org