Harm Reduction International is one of the leading international non-governmental organisations promoting policies and practices that reduce the harms from all psychoactive substances, harms which include not only the increased vulnerability to HIV and hepatitis C infection among people who use drugs, but also the negative social, health, economic and criminal impacts of illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco on individuals, communities and society. A key principle of Harm Reduction International’s approach is to support the engagement of people and communities affected by drugs and alcohol around the world in policy-making processes, including the voices and perspectives of people who use illicit drugs.
Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug laws, policies and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights.
We work to reduce drug related harms by promoting evidence based public health policy and practices and human rights based approaches to drug policy through an integrated programme of research, analysis, advocacy and collaboration with civil society partners.
The organisation is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and a member of the Europe Union Civil Society Forum on Drugs.