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Aims and scope

The Harm Reduction Journal publishes research and commentary on policies, strategies, programs and practices that aim to reduce the adverse impact of behaviours, laws and regulations on individuals and communities. Historically applied to drug use and policy, the Harm Reduction Journal now covers issues affecting many different aspects of human health and wellbeing. This includes research and commentary challenging criminalization of public health issues and de facto criminalization of marginalized and stigmatised communities. We define 'harm reduction' as 'policies and programs which aim to reduce the health, social, and economic costs of certain behaviours without necessarily reducing the behaviours themselves'. 

Prof Nick Crofts, The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Australia
Deputy Editors
Dr Abu Abdul-Quader, USA

Section Editors
Alcohol harm reduction

Dr Bernie Pauly, University of Victoria, Canada
Tobacco harm reduction
Dr Marewa Glover, Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking, New Zealand
Substance use harm reduction
Relevant submissions handled by the Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editor
Gambling harm reduction
Dr Michael Egerer, University of Helsinki, Finland
Human enhancement drugs
Prof James McVeigh, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Drugs and the internet
Dr Angus Bancroft, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Aleksey Lakhov, Humanitarian Action, Russia
Reducing the harm of incarceration
Phillip Marotta, Brown School at Washington University, USA

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Alcohol Harm Reduction 2021 and Beyond

Harm Reduction Journal's new thematic series: Alcohol Harm Reduction 2021 and Beyond: Current Status of Policy, Programs and Practices.

Harm Reduction Journal 15th Anniversary

In this special retrospective collection, Editor-in-Chief Nick Crofts presents a history of journal milestones, quotations from friends in the field, and articles showcasing some of the editorial board's favorite research from years past, as well as some important recent work.

Recent collections

Young people, drugs and harm reduction

Take a look at the Harm Reduction Journal's new thematic series: Young people, drugs and harm reduction. With support from the Robert Carr Fund, Youth RISE will cover the open access fees for a select number of accepted publications.

Policing, Law Enforcement, and Harm Reduction: Tensions and Opportunities

The Harm Reduction Journal is compiling a special collection: “Policing, Law Enforcement, and Harm Reduction: Tensions and Opportunities.” Click on the link to view the collection.

Global developments in tobacco and alcohol policy

We are pleased to announce a cross-journal collection focusing on tobacco and alcohol policy.

This collection aims to bring together a selection of the latest research and developments surrounding global alcohol and tobacco policy, from a variety of different viewpoints. 


Society affiliations

Harm Reduction International is a leading NGO dedicated to reducing the negative health, social and legal impacts of drug use and drug policy. We promote 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. The organisation is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. Our efforts advance harm reduction policies, practices and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. Recognizing that social inequality and injustice magnify drug-related harm and limit the voice of our most vulnerable communities, we work to uphold every individual’s right to health and well-being and their competence to participate in the public policy dialogue.

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