Harm Reduction International (HRI) and Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento (APDES) will host the 26th Harm Reduction International Conference – HR19 – will be held in Porto, Portugal from 28 April to 1 May 2019.

For international visitors, this conference will be a unique opportunity to learn about the benefits and lessons learned from Portugal’s progressive approach to drug policy and harm reduction, which included the decriminalisation of the possession and use of all drugs. Since 2001, the country has shown us that decriminalisation partnered with harm reduction can reduce HIV and overdose rates and increase access to vital health and social services. The approach has also highlighted the gaps in this policy-first approach and the need to include people who use drugs in policy making and other decisions about their health and rights.

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Call for abstracts

HR19’s theme, People before Politics, promises to spark lively discussions among the over 1,000 delegates attending from around the world on the importance of placing public health and people’s lives before political ideology. 

This theme takes on particular significance in Portugal, which remains at the forefront, globally, of progressive drug policy and harm reduction. While many governments now openly acknowledge the shortcomings of punitive drug laws and benefits of harm reduction, reform in most countries remains far off to the detriment of the health and rights of people who use drugs. 

HR19 is a unique opportunity, therefore, for people to share their experiences in the fields of harm reduction and drug policy, strategise and work jointly toward a world where drug laws are rooted in dignity, health and human rights.  

Everyone is invited to participate in our four-day programme of presentations, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, networking events and local site visits.

You can register for the conference and then submit your abstract here.

The deadline for abstract submission is 23:59 UK time (UTC+1) on 28 September 2018.