At the Heart of the Response

The theme of this year’s conference is 'At the Heart of the Response', and the programme will include presentations, panels, workshops and dialogue space sessions on innovative harm reduction services, new or ground-breaking research, effective or successful advocacy campaigns and key policy discussions or debates. In the context of a country moving towards a more forward-looking approach to drugs, but a region and a planet where progress is still painfully slow, we want HR17 to be the place where the people at the heart of the response come together to build a movement that learns, shares and cooperates to build a world where people benefit from good drug policies, rooted in dignity, health and human rights. 

People who use drugs, sex workers, people living with HIV; researchers, campaigners, activists; health professionals, development specialists, human rights experts: all of these and many others are invited to participate in our four-day programme of presentations, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, networking events and local site visits.

With delegates from more than 70 countries set to take part in this four-day conference, the programme will not only reflect the truly global nature of our movement but also address key international issues. The programme will be carefully selected from abstract submissions received through our global call for abstracts; all abstracts submitted will be put through a rigorous peer review process, first by an online International Review Committee, and then by an Executive Review Committee who will gather in London in December to formulate the conference programme.

The agenda will encompass, high profile main plenaries, research, panel discussions dialogue space sessions, workshops and films as a basis for further dialogue.

The call for abstracts is now closed.

Programme Timeline

1 September 2016 - Abstract Submission Opens

25 October 2016 - Abstract Submission Closes

November 2016 - International Review Committee

5-7 December 2016 - Executive Programme Committee

Early January 2017 - Successful and Unsuccessful Authors Contacted

February 2017 - Programme Finalised

HR17 Session Titles

Full details of the programme and speakers will be available soon. Here's a preview of the session titles.

  • Out There in the Street: Legal Aid and Street Lawyers
  • Funding Harm Reduction: Transition and Sustainability
  • Innovative Harm Reduction Based on User Practices
  • Harm Reduction in Prison
  • Key and Neglected Populations
  • Fighting for Access for PWID
  • Overdose in North America: Policy and Practice
  • Treat Us Right: Continuum of Care for PWID - End AIDS among PWID
  • Canada
  • Powering Policy Reform: Action through Evidence
  • Users' Choice; Users' Voice
  • Global Commision Session
  • Neglected Issues: TB, Hepatitis B and Skin & Soft Tissue Infections
  • Welcoming Spaces: Innovations in Housing and Health
  • Drug Checking: From Dance Clubs to the Dark Web
  • Sex Work and Harm Reduction
  • Indigenous Community-Driven Harm Reduction
  • Harm Reduction in Politically Challenging Environments
  • User Activism & Resistance
  • Cannabis Policy as Harm Reduction
  • 10 X 20
  • War on Drugs
  • Key Roles for Police in Harm Reduction
  • No Substitution for Good Programming: New Development in OST
  • Wake up to Women: SRH and Harm Reduction
  • A Room of One's Own: New and Emerging Drug Consumption Rooms
  • Naloxone: Responses from Different Settings
  • Stimulant Use
  • Women Who Use Drugs
  • Scale It Up! Lowering Threshold, Bringing It Home
  • Peer Power in Services
  • Harm Reduction Amongst Young People Who Use Drugs
  • Rural and Geographically Remote Harm Reduction
  • Harm Reduction Services in Hospitals
  • Innovative Community & Nurse Based HCV Model of Care
  • Supply Side Issues & Harm Reduction
  • Human Rights and Drugs: Emerging Concerns and Strategies
HR17 Montréal
25th Harm Reduction International Conference
Montréal, Canada | 14 - 17 May 2017 | #hr17 | @HRInews
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