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About HRI

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.

Vision and Mission

Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug laws, policies and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights.


Meet our staff at HRI


HRI is governed by a nine person Board of Directors, elected for three-year terms.

What is harm reduction?

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.

Harm reduction definition and principles in 12 languages

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries about our website, our work, membership or the international harm reduction conference.


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.

Harm Reduction International Awards

HRI presents a number of awards at outr international conference to acknowledge the contributions of outstanding groups or individuals in the field.

Strategic Plan

Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug policies, laws and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights

Our Work

Evidence for advocacy

HRI produces groundbreaking research and policy analysis informing advocacy across our sector.

Spending where it matters

Funding for harm reduction services is dangerously short while billions are wasted on drug enforcement. HRI works to assess resourcing needs and advocates for a reinvestment in health.

Harm Reduction Decade

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.

10 by 20 Campaign

We are calling on governments to redirect 10% of the resources currently spent on ineffective punitive responses to drugs and invest it in harm reduction by 2020.

Human rights-based policy

Human rights abuses and drug enforcement go hand in hand. HRI challenges laws, policies and practices that generate harm.

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences

HRI monitors the death penalty for drugs in law and practice worldwide, and also considers critical developments on the issue.

Sector strengthening

HRI builds advocacy coalitions and supports emerging harm reduction networks to strengthen the international harm reduction sector.

International conference

Harm reduction is a global movement. Our biennial gathering is the International Harm Reduction Conference, convened by HRI.


News and Announcements

Read the latest announcements and updates from HRI.

Global State of Harm Reduction

Global State of Harm Reduction

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.

Interactive e-tool

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.

Resource Library

Resource Library

Use our extensive resource library to search for HRI, NGO and academic reports, articles and presentations, including materials from past international conferences.

Harm Reduction Journal

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.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Harm Reduction International
Unit 2C09 Southbank Technopark
90 London Road
SE1 6LN  

Tel: +44(0) 207 717 1592
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Follow us on Twitter at: HRInews
Join us on Instagram at: hrinews


Conference 2019

The 26th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR19) which will take place April 28-May 1 in Porto, Portugal at the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre.

Register to attend HR19 here.

Medical and Healthcare Facilities

Since 1990, Harm Reduction International’s annual international harm reduction conferences have been attended by thousands of delegates from a wide range of backgrounds. As such, the Conference Organisers – Harm Reduction International and the Conference Consortium – are keen to ensure that they provide and facilitate proper care for delegates who may have special medical and healthcare needs - especially delegates who use or have used drugs. In order to do this, a Medical Committee is appointed each year consisting of local and international healthcare professionals and drug user activists. This page provides details of the facilities that will be made available at Harm Reduction 2011 in Beirut.

Information for All Delegates

  • All conference delegates should arrange their own health and travel insurance in advance of their journey to Lebanon, and should ensure that they have the appropriate documentation with them at the conference.
  • All conference delegates who are undertaking any kind of medical treatment should bring a medical record from their doctor (in English) specifying their conditions and the treatment they are following. This will make things much easier in the event of unexpected circumstances (such as the medication being mislaid or requiring urgent medical care).
  • In addition, all conference delegates who are undertaking any kind of medical treatment are encouraged to arrange and bring their own medication in enough quantity for covering their treatment during the days that they will be in Beirut.

Services Available

Each year, the conference organisers work hard to ensure that they facilitate appropriate treatment and care for delegates who may have specific medical and health care needs – including delegates who use or have used drugs, as well as those with sudden or acute primary health care problems.

For Harm Reduction 2011 in Beirut, Lebanon:

The Minister of Health in Lebanon has recently signed a ministerial decree legalizing the use of OST in Lebanon. The decree covers the use of both Buprenorphine and Methadone.

Under the Lebanese drug law, people traveling to the conference are permitted to carry their Buprenorphine or Methadone medications with them, given that they present customs with their prescriptions. Travellers will be allowed to carry one week’s worth of medication ONLY.

If you decide to bring in your OST medication to the conference, please note the following:

  • Carry with you only one week’s worth of medication
  • Secure a doctor’s prescription for the amount of medication you are carrying, with the signature of the pharmacy from which the medication was bought.

Negotiations with the Ministry of Health in Lebanon are underway regarding the availability of OST for purchase throughout the duration of the Conference.

Other harm reduction services and supplies will be available from locations close to the conference venue.

Please note that there will be no new initiation of treatments for delegates (i.e. if you are not currently receiving substitution therapy in your home country, then you will not be able to start this treatment in Lebanon).

Delegates wishing to import their medication or continue it whilst in Lebanon must contact Gill Bradbury as soon as possible.


For further information regarding the HR:2011 medical and healthcare facilities please email Gill Bradbury at medicalservices@conferenceconsortium.com.

Please refer back to this page for regular updates on OST in Lebanon and further new information.

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