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Thematic Series: The state of harm reduction in North America in 2017

This thematic series seeks to examine progress or lack thereof, and the reasons why, in the progress of harm reduction both as a philosophy and as a practical and proven effective public health intervention in North America. 

The series was launched at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference in Montréal in May 2017.


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Announcement: Call for papers

Gambling Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction Journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for a new thematic series entitled Flipping the iceberg on gambling harm reduction and prevention: Challenges, opportunities, and pathways to policy reform.

The series will be edited by Samantha Thomas (Centre for Population Health Research, Deakin University, Australia) and Maria Bellringer (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand).

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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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Society affiliations

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.