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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
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.
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.
HRI presents a number of awards at outr international conference to acknowledge the contributions of outstanding groups or individuals in the field.
Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug policies, laws and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights
HRI produces groundbreaking research and policy analysis informing advocacy across our sector.
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.
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.
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 abuses and drug enforcement go hand in hand. HRI challenges laws, policies and practices that generate harm.
HRI monitors the death penalty for drugs in law and practice worldwide, and also considers critical developments on the issue.
HRI builds advocacy coalitions and supports emerging harm reduction networks to strengthen the international harm reduction sector.
Read the latest announcements and updates from HRI.
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.
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, 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.
The 26th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR19) which will take place April 28-May 1 in Porto, Portugal at the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre.