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Senator Rosa Hontiveros's speech to the Harm Reduction International Conference

17 May 2017

Full text of Senator Rosa Hontiveros's speech to the Harm Reduction International Conference on Wednesday 17 May:   To the organizers and participants of the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference in Montreal, good morning! I am Risa Hontiveros. I am a Senator in the Philippines and a harm reduction advocate. There is an ongoing war… Read more

Cannabis can reduce crack cocaine use, British Colombia researchers say Word document (DOCX)

16 May 2017

Can “cocktailing” heroin and crystal meth actually be a form of harm reduction? Psychedelic drug use reduce suicidality amongst sex workers. Tuesday, 16 May 2017 (Montréal, Canada) -- A study carried out amongst crack cocaine users in Vancouver British Columbia Data has shown that users are intentionally using cannabis to reduce their… Read more

Media Release 1990s AIDS Crisis revisited: Heroin and Fentanyl crisis has the U.S at a public health ‘turning point`, researchers say Word document (DOCX)

16 May 2017

Mexican-sourced heroin displacing heroin sourced from Colombia and Fentanyl seizures show a 134% increase from 2009 to 2014 National rates of heroin-related overdose rose 8% annually from 2006-13, as high as 50% in the East/South Central states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama  Tuesday, 16 May, 2017 (Montréal, Canada) – The… Read more

1000 drug checks over 9 months at Insite Supervised Injection Centre in Vancouver, Canada show that Fentanyl is contaminating some 80% of heroin, 80% of Crystal Meth and 40% of cocaine Word document (DOCX)

15 May 2017

A positive drug check can lead to decreased risk of overdose researchers say Monday, 15 May, 2017 (Montréal, Canada) -- A harm reduction intervention such as the checking of street drugs contaminated with illicitly manufactured fentanyl could save lives and assist in alleviating the public health emergency in Canada around opioid consumption and… Read more

New HRI report warns of HIV and Hepatitis C `powder keg´ in EU ahead of 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR17) in Montréal, Canada

09 May 2017

Canada and the US experiencing public health emergencies as Fentanyl related drug overdoses soar. Tuesday, 9 May, 2017 (London, UK; Montreal, Canada) -- UK based NGO Harm Reduction International (HRI) today warned that if the roll back of funding harm reduction services such as needle and syringe programmes and methadone provision in the… Read more

La ministre fédérale de la Santé, Jane Philpott prend part à la cérémonie d’ouverture de la 25e Conférence internationale sur la réduction des méfaits à Montréal.

21 April 2017

Trois sites de consommation supervisée ont été autorisés à Montréal, alors que 13 autres sites sont en cours d’approbation à travers le Canada. Au cours de la conférence, Harm Reduction… Read more

Canadian Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott to speak at the Opening Ceremony of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR17) in Montréal

20 April 2017

Three Supervised Consumption Sites approved in Montréal, with 13 other sites across Canada under consideration. New research around fentanyl, methamphetamine and drug checking to be released… Read more

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HR17 - Official Press Conference Programme

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