THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE
THE 2012 CONFERENCE SUCH A HUGE SUCCESS!
Harm Reduction Coalition’s biannual national harm reduction conference is the only multidisciplinary gathering dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people who use drugs or have a history of drug use. Our 2012 conference included more than 700 diverse individuals including: front-line staff, drug users, medical professionals, researchers, sex workers, policy-makers, HIV/AIDS & hepatitis service providers, activists & advocates, youth, formerly incarcerated individuals and other community members from around the country and the world.
Educational workshops, panel sessions and plenaries aim to address the many critical issues affecting the drug user community including overdose, HIV, hepatitis, incarceration and stigma, while also promoting a space for vital networking and sharing.
We were so fortunate to have an amazing graphic recorder – Avril Orloff – at our conference, capturing important themes, conversations, ideas, messages and history!
Message from Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy
Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, gave a pre-recorded address to attendees to the 9th National Harm Reduction Conference. This is a big deal – not long ago, the US government wouldn’t even allow the words harm reduction to be spoken. Now, the Director of US ONDCP is “proactively supporting use of naloxone and needle exchange.”
We know it can be difficult to make it to every session you’re interested in at our conference…that’s why we are still working to collect slides from as many presentations as possible to share here. If you presented at the conference and are willing to share your PowerPoint or PDF slides, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Drug User Organizing Pre-Conference
The Drug User Organizing Pre-Conference was held on November 14, 2012, one day before the 9th National Harm Reduction Conference. Harm Reduction Coalition has traditionally held pre-conferences as a way of highlighting a particular issue and/or providing the local community with a dedicated forum to discuss issues pertinent to them. This year, the pre-conference was dedicated to a day of discussion and presentation on the theme of drug user organizing. The day’s events provided an opportunity for drug users and their organizations to gather in one place to discuss strategies and tactics to further protect the health and civil rights of people who use drugs.