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Since launching in 2004 under the editorship of Prof Ernest Drucker, Harm Reduction Journal has been at the forefront of publishing high quality peer-reviewed research on the harm reduction approach to drugs and addiction.
Now, after 15 successful years, explore highlights by Harm Reduction Journal over the years, including our specially curated anniversary collection.
Harm Reduction Journal is proud to be affiliated with Harm Reduction International, who will be hosting harm reduction researchers and advocates from all over the world at their conference, which this year takes place in Porto, Portugal.
HR19 will be a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the public health and rights advances made under Portugal’s ground breaking model that decriminalised drug use in 2001. The conference theme, ‘People before Politics,’ will underpin all HR19 activities and highlight the importance of putting public health and people’s lives before political ideology.
Editors from Harm Reduction Journal will be present at HR19, taking place in Porto from 28th April - 1st May 2019.
Aims and scope
Harm Reduction Journal publishes research focusing 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. We define 'harm reduction' as 'policies and programs which aim to reduce the health, social, and economic costs of legal and illegal psychoactive drug use without necessarily reducing drug consumption'.
Call for papers: Reducing harm among illicit stimulant users
Although alcohol and tobacco remain the most prevalent substances used worldwide, use of amphetamine-type substances (ATS) and cocaine is substantial.
Harm Reduction Journal hereby invites you to submit manuscripts for our special issue of the journal on State of the art and best-practice interventions for reducing harm among illicit stimulant users.
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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.
Annual Journal Metrics
58 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
51 days to first decision for all manuscripts
94 days from submission to acceptance
21 days from acceptance to publication
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