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    International Harm Reduction Conference 2015

    Visit our website for the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18–21 October 2015

    Call for Papers

    The online process for submitting papers is now open. HRI will be accepting abstracts only until 27th March 2015

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    Register by 30th June to avail of the reduced 'early bird' conference rate. Registering to attend the conference is a simple process which can be completed securely online by following the link above


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    Conference Archive

    Explore past international harm reduction conferences dating back to 2000.

  • 10 by 20

    HRI launches 10 by 20 campaign

    At the recent opening of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Harm Reduction International launched its 10 by 20 campaign.

    10 by 20 Pie Chart

  • 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.

  • About

    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 of office by our membership at our Annual General Meetings. Read more about HRI governance.

    News and Announcements

    Read the latest announcements and updates from HRI.

    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 11 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.

  • 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.

    Human rights-based policy

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

    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.

  • 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,, 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.

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    Membership & Donations

    HRI is a membership based organisation with over 8,000 members worldwide. Read more about individual and organisational membership here.

    We rely on trusts, grants, membership fees and donations to continue our work. To make a donation or pay membership fees, please use our secure payment page.

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Alternative World Drug Report exposes destructive nature of $100 billion a year global war on drugs

26 June 2012

A new report, launched to coincide with publication of the 2012 UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s World Drug Report, exposes the failure of governments and the UN to assess the extraordinary costs of… Read more

Annual General Meeting - 14th June 2012 at 6pm

23 May 2012

The Annual General Meeting of the International Harm Reduction Association (trading name 'Harm Reduction International') will take place in London on Thursday, 14th June 2012 from 6-7pm. The… Read more

Quitting while not ahead: The Global Fund’s retrenchment and the looming crisis for harm reduction in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

10 May 2012

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) has recently released a new report entilted 'Quitting while not ahead: The Global Fund's retrenchment and the looming crisis for harm reduction in Eastern… Read more

HIV, drug use and the Global Fund: Don’t Stop Now!

08 May 2012

HIV epidemics driven by drug use set to spread due to Global Fund rule warns NGO The International HIV/AIDS Alliance warns of an impending HIV/AIDS crisis in Eastern Europe and Asia following its… Read more

Call for Nominations for Directors of Harm Reduction International Word document (DOCX)

02 May 2012

Nominations are currently being invited for people to serve as Directors (who are also Trustees) of Harm Reduction International, and to sit on the Board of Directors . Directors and Trustees… Read more

Commanding General Confidence? Human Rights, International Law and the INCB Annual Report for 2011

05 April 2012

This briefing was distributed at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in March 2012. It presents a strong critique of the legal reasoning and the academic rigour of its Annual Report. Read more

Harm Reduction International welcomes Susie Mclean to the Board of Directors

30 March 2012

Harm Reduction International is delighted to welcome on to the Board Susie Mclean. Susie is currently the lead on HIV and drug use programming at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, an… Read more

Harm Reduction International releases new ‘Advocating for Needle and Syringe Exchange Programmes in Prisons’ briefing

29 March 2012

Harm Reduction International is pleased to present the first of a new series of Evidence and Advocacy briefings entitled ‘Advocating for Needle and Syringe Exchange Programmes in Prisons’. This new… Read more

ACCESS conference "Drug users in custody: Learning the lessons" 5-6 October 2012

28 March 2012

Up to half of the European prison population is composed of people sentenced for drug law offences and levels of drug use within prison vary from 1 % to 51 % of inmates, says the latest EMCDDA… Read more

Letter to the International Narcotics Control Board on Capital Punishment for Drug Offences

15 March 2012

Dear Sir/Madam: We are writing to bring to your attention some deeply concerning comments by a member of the International Narcotics Control Board that were reported in The Bangkok Post on 29… Read more