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10% by 2020: Redirecting Wasted Resources to Harm Reduction


10 by 20 postcard FINAL_Page_1This week at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna (CND), we join Harm Reduction International (HRI) in campaigning for ’10 by 20′.

This global campaign calls on governments to redirect 10% of the resources they spend on drug control and enforcement to harm reduction.

Harm reduction interventions such as syringe access and opioid substitution therapy are low cost but have remarkably high impact, keeping HIV infection rates low among people who inject drugs and saving lives and healthcare costs.  Yet many countries still do not provide harm reduction and global funding for it amounts to just $160 million – only 7% of what is needed.

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By contrast, each year governments spend over $100 billion on ineffective drug control and enforcement. Harm Reduction Coalition joins with HRI in calling on countries to redirect just a tenth of this money to harm reduction.

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The 2016 General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) presents a major opportunity to secure support for a global target of 10 by 20.  With discussions about the UNGASS taking place this week, Harm Reduction Coalition joins HRI in asking country delegations at the CND to ensure that health and harm reduction become central pillars in the UNGASS negotiations and is urging them to champion a global target of 10 by 20.

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