Who We Are
It started in 1993. More than a decade of government neglect and abandonment had left people who use drugs vulnerable to the AIDS epidemic.
A handful of individual activists, educators, and people who used drugs began launching grassroots efforts to support members of their communities who were dying from this brutal disease. Brought together by their love and compassion for people who use drugs, these individuals formed a small working group that became the start of the Harm Reduction movement.
The last 25 years have been a long, hard, wild ride — filled with triumphs and challenges. We’ve lost countless friends and loved ones along the way and touched the lives of so many more. The heartache and hope for a brighter tomorrow drives us on.
Two and a half decades later, National Harm Reduction Coalition is a nationwide advocate and ally for people who use drugs. We are a catalyst and incubator, repository and hub, storyteller and disseminator for the collective wisdom of the harm reduction community.
Our team of conveners, trainers, advocates, and spokespeople is located from coast to coast. These leaders work alongside individuals, communities, advocates, and outreach organizations to ensure the health and dignity of all people.
Our Mission and North Star
National Harm Reduction Coalition’s mission is to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities affected by drug use. As a national advocacy and capacity building organization, we aim to shift power and resources to people most vulnerable to structural violence and racialized drug policies.
Our North Star Statement is our guide.
National Harm Reduction Coalition creates spaces for dialogue and action that help heal the harms caused by racialized drug policies
See Our Work in the World
Change at this scale takes innovative solutions, collaborative partnerships, and hard work. National Harm Reduction Coalition is on the front lines every day fighting with and for people who use drugs to shift power and resources to people most impacted by structural violence.
Check out some of our real world work.
“National Harm Reduction Coalition is simultaneously at the vanguard of national harm reduction efforts and on the ground funding crucial grassroots work in areas that have been under-supported and undervalued.”
Corrine Green (she/her),
Board of Directors