Harm Reduction and Human Rights: Strategies on Expanding Harm Reduction Through Human Rights

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Harm reduction services and syringe exchange are more than just a prevention strategy. Access to these vital services enables HIV testing, linkage to care and other critical health/social services, as well as affirming the human rights and dignity of people who use drugs.

This webinar originally broadcast on May 12 examined how community harm reduction advocates, activists, policymakers and practitioners are reframing drug use with a human rights and structural lens, and as a public health issue, instead of a criminal issue. Panelists discussed and shared their perspective and strategies in how they are utilizing human rights as a way to expand harm reduction, while uplifting the rights of people who use drugs.

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Thank you to our panelists and moderator: Deon Haywood, Executive Director, Women with a Vision; Holly Bradford, Program Coordinator, San Francisco Drug Users Union; Kenyon Farrow, U.S. and Global Health Policy Director, Treatment Action Group; Leo Beletsky, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University; and Laura Thomas, Deputy State Director – California, Drug Policy Alliance.

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