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    10by20 Campaign

    Everything that you want to know about #10by20 campaign

    10 by 20 Pie Chart

    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

    10by20 launch

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

    HRI calls for 10 by 20 at UN high-level debate on drugs

    HRI is calling for 10 per cent by 2020 at this week’s high-level debate on drug policy in New York

    Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action.

    HRI calls on Members of Parliament to stand up for human rights, health, harm reduction and #10by20

  • 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.

  • Harm Reduction Conference 2015

    International Harm Reduction Conference 2015

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

    Programme for Conference 2015

    View or download our Conference Programme for HR2015. Our Committee crafted this year's vibrant programme from over 1,000 abstracts submitted


    Sign up to receive email updates, report launches, harm reduction advisories and information about International Harm Reduction Conference 2015

    Conference Archive

    Explore past international harm reduction conferences dating back to 2000.

  • 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.

    Strategic Plan

    An international environment supportive of harm reduction scale up

  • 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.

    The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2015

    The Extreme Fringe of Global Drug Policy - In this new fourth edition of HRI's 'Global Overview' series, HRI updates our previous research on the death penalty for drugs in law and practice worldwide, and also considers critical developments on the issue.

    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.

  • Support Us

    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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    Contact Us

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Media Release: 'Inaugural study reveals that more than one in four women in European and Central Asian prisons locked up for drug offences' PDF document

11 March 2012

Embargoed 00.01 CET Monday 12th March 2012 Up to 70 percent of female prisoners incarcerated for drugs in some countries Russia incarcerates over twice as many women for drug offences as all… Read more

Say No to death for drugs - Hindu Times

24 February 2012

An op-ed by Anand Grover and Rick Lines: Handing down capital punishment for an offence that does not take life is draconian and violates all international human rights standards. When… Read more

Russia: Government Shuts HIV-Prevention Group’s Website

08 February 2012

Russia: Government Shuts HIV-Prevention Group’s Website Move is an Assault on Freedom of Expression The Russian government’s anti-drugs agency has ordered the blocking of the website of a… Read more

Opening on Board of Directors of Harm Reduction International

17 January 2012

Nominations are currently being invited to fill a vacancy on Board of Directors (who are also Trustees) of Harm Reduction International.  This appointment will be made until the 2013 annual general… Read more

Request for expression of interest to coordinate the drafting of a chapter for HRI's upcoming Global State of Harm Reduction 2012 publication

03 January 2012

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST To coordinate the drafting of a thematic chapter on women, injecting drug use and harm reduction for Harm Reduction International’s upcoming Global State of Harm… Read more

Insight - Russia says no to West's way with HIV (Reuters, 21 December 2011)

03 January 2012

(Reuters) - In 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev said heroin was a threat to Russia's national security. This year, Russia pledged to finance programmes to reduce the harm done by drug use, including… Read more

U.S. reinstates federal funding ban for needle and syringe exchange programmes

31 December 2011

On December 16, 2011, Congress restored the infamous ban on U.S. federal funding for needle and syringe exchange programmes. The decision comes just two years after the 21-year-old ban was… Read more

A coalition of drug policy organisations put forth a submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Poland at the UN Human Rights Council

28 December 2011

The submission – by Harm Reduction International, the Polish Drug Policy Network, Political Critique, the Jump 93 Association, Student Drug Policy Initiative and the Social AIDS Committee – draws… Read more

Harm Reduction International Submits to the Universal Periodic Review of India at the Human Rights Council

21 December 2011

Harm Reduction International, the Indian Harm Reduction Network and the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs authored a submission on India to the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic… Read more

CALL TO ACTION: 200 days to save the Global Fund

01 December 2011

The cancellation by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria of all new programming until 2014 is unacceptable. This decision will cost lives and cripple international efforts to deliver on… Read more