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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

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

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Human Rights Analyst: Prisons, Drugs and Criminal Justice Reform (Russian Speaking)

15 November 2010

Applications are being invited for the above post to work as part of the Human Rights team of Harm Reduction International. The successful candidate will join Harm Reduction International’s creative and vibrant human rights research and advocacy team, and lead our work on prisons, drugs and criminal justice reform and human rights in Eastern… Read more

Thematic Briefings on Human Rights and Drug Policy/Kраткие тематические статьи по вопросам прав человека и наркополитике

26 October 2010

In many countries around the world, drug control efforts result in serious human rights abuses: torture and ill treatment by police, mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention,… Read more

UN health rapporteur: Drug war ignores rights, decriminalize narcotics use (Canadian Press)

26 October 2010

The U.N. independent investigator promoting physical and mental health on Monday urged decriminalization of narcotics use, saying punishment and sanctions don't cure drug dependency. Anand Grover, a… Read more

UN expert calls for a fundamental shift in global drug control policy

23 October 2010

Media Advisory At a press conference in New York on Tuesday 26 October, at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, one of the UN’s key human rights experts will call for a fundamental rethink of international drug policy. Read more

Harm Reduction International releases new briefing on the death penalty for drug offences

12 October 2010

Harm Reduction International has released a new briefing written in partnership with Human Rights Watch and Penal Reform International entitled 'The Death Penalty for Drug Offences and International… Read more

Harm Reduction Lecture to be held on 17th November 2010

06 October 2010

A harm reduction memorial lecture entitled 'Harm reduction: The Advocacy of Science and the Science of Advocacy' is to be held at 17.45 on Wednesday 17th November 2010, in the John Snow Lecture… Read more

Sign the Global Fund Replenishment Letter

28 September 2010

The Global Fund Replenishment petition needs 500,000 signatures before September 30th. So far over 20,000 people around the world have signed on to replenishment letter to show their support of the… Read more

European Harm Reduction Network

25 September 2010

The European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) has been recently formed by ten organisations with a shared interest in advocating for and sharing knowledge on harm reduction within Europe. It is made… Read more

Harm Reduction is mentioned in the Millennium Development Goals report from the United Nations

22 September 2010

The UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals released its outcome document earlier this month which states that by 2015 it hopes to have achieved its eight anti-poverty goals, including… Read more

Encouraging first comments from Yury Fedotov, new Executive Director of UNODC

20 September 2010

Harm Reduction International is encouraged by first comments from the new head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) - Yury Fedotov, and hopes that they set the benchmark for future… Read more