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About Harm Reduction Communication

Harm Reduction Communication aims to:

  • Provide a forum for the exchange of practical, “hands on” harm reduction techniques and information
  • Promote open discussion and reflection on theoretical and political issues of importance to harm reduction and the movement
  • Inform the community through resource listings and announcements of relevant events
  • Document the struggles, experiences and lessons of our movement as a tool for strategy-building
  • Ensure that our history is not erased.

Harm Reduction Communication is a product of the harm reduction movement – it is not written by Harm Reduction Coalition, but by the people on the ground making harm reduction happen. In our editorial role, HRC is committed to presenting the views and opinions of people who use drugs, former users and people in recovery, people accessing medication-assisted treatment, people living with HIV or hepatitis C, sex workers, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated persons, outreach and front-line workers, and others whose voices have traditionally been marginalized or ignored. We aim to provide an outlet for exploring harm reduction issues in an honest and critical way – with full respect for the messy, complex, vulnerable, dynamic, hopeful and inspiring nature of what we do and how we do it.

Since a large part of harm reduction is about casting a critical eye toward the thoughts, feelings, and language we have learned to have and use about drugs and people who use drugs, Harm Reduction Communication assumes that contributors choose their words as carefully as we would. Therefore, we do not change ‘addict’ to ‘user’ and so forth unless we feel that the author truly meant to use a different word, and contributors always have last say.

The views of contributors to Harm Reduction Communication do not necessarily reflect those of the editorial staff or of the Harm Reduction Coalition. Any part of this publication may be freely reproduced as long as the Harm Reduction Coalition is credited.

Please write with your comments, feelings, and responses—we want to hear from you.

If you would like to submit an article, or photos or artwork, we would be happy to look at your material. HRC gives a voice to communities that are ignored by conventional media: people who use drugs, people of color, individuals who are living with HIV or Hepatitis C, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals. If you have never written something for publication, assistance is available: just ask for it. You can call the editor at 212 213 6376 x12, or include a note with your submission.

Send submissions and correspondence to publications@harmreduction.org or by mail to:

Editor, Harm Reduction Communication, Harm Reduction Coalition, 22 West 27th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

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