For 31 years, we have brought you the Harm Reduction International Conference – the main global forum for the exchange of information at the intersection of human rights, public health and drug policy; a place for the international harm reduction community to gather. HR23, our next in-person event, will take place in Melbourne in April 2023.
Our second edition of the festival, CONSTELLATIONS: An Online Festival on Drugs and Harm Reduction allowed our community to gather and connect, to explore innovative solutions, to have urgent conversations and to redefine what harm reduction is and what it can be. We are already planning for our next edition of Constellations in 2024!
The COVID pandemic forced us to work in greater isolation than ever. Through CONSTELLATIONS, we brought our community together in a low-cost, highly accessible way. CONSTELLATIONS' unique mix of content attracts even those among us who have resisted online events before now.
Through our Harm Reduction International Conference we have been expanding our audience to encompass a broader range of disciplines. CONSTELLATIONS has allowed us to reach new audiences; both those whose work is tangentially related to harm reduction and the general public.
While a focus on injecting drug use is always critical, CONSTELLATIONS broadened out harm reduction to talk about people's pleasure, freedom, enjoyment and bodily autonomy, as well as a wider range of psychoactive substances.
Harm Reduction International (HRI) is a leading charity dedicated to reducing the negative health, social and legal impacts of drug use and drug policy. The charity promotes the rights of people who use drugs and their communities through research and advocacy to help achieve a world where drug policies and laws contribute to healthier, safer societies.
Drink and Drugs News
Drink and Drugs News (DDN) is the free magazine for everyone working with and interested in drugs, harm reduction and fair treatment. Printed each month and available online at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com. DDN had a fantastic write up of the festival in their November 2022 edition, available to read online here.