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New blog: Pill testing and Australian Drug Policy

New Content ItemOn-site testing of 'party drug' pills could reduce the harms caused by drug use and save lives, according to an independent review of Australia’s National Drug Strategy, published in Harm Reduction Journal. Read more in a new blog, written by the author.

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Call for papers: Substance use and related harm in conflict-driven displaced populations

Refugee campHarm Reduction Journal and Conflict and Health invite you to submit to our cross-journal thematic series on substance use and harm reduction in conflict-driven displaced populations. Substance use, particularly psychoactive drug use, and related harm among conflict-driven displaced populations is a neglected area of public health. Moreover, there have been few attempts to adapt effective harm reduction interventions to populations displaced by conflict. This joint thematic series seeks to examine this neglected and timely topic.

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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'.

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Harm Reduction International (HRI) is one of the leading international non-governmental organizations promoting policies and practices that reduce the harms from all psychoactive substances. A key principle of HRI'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. The organization has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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