The 2020 National Harm Reduction Conference comes at a time when harm reduction, health care, and drug policy reform have entered a dynamic and critical phase. The prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic has captured national attention, with renewed focus on transmission of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who use drugs. These trends are reshaping the policy and public health landscapes, making harm reduction more urgent and relevant than ever before.
The biennial event is the only conference of its kind in the United States. For four days, some of the most creative minds from the U.S. and abroad come together to address a myriad of complex issues facing the harm reduction movement. A diverse community of people who use drugs, social justice activists, service providers, healthcare workers, researchers, policymakers, public health officials, and law enforcement— all coming together to put an end to the harms and injustices caused by the War on Drugs.
Conference objectives include:
- To provide safe spaces for the exchange of ideas and cutting-edge practices that reduce harms associated with drug use
- To create networking opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds committed to dismantling the racialized policies that underwrite and perpetuate oppression
- To challenge stigmatizing narratives about people who use drugs by supporting their leadership development and exposing social inequities driven by structural violence and discrimination
In addition to workshops, roundtable discussions, plenaries, poster presentations, and an exhibit hall, other conference highlights include:
- The Imani P. Woods Award for Excellence in Harm Reduction Activism
- Dan Bigg Any Positive Change Award
- Wellness Space (yoga, meditation, affinity group meetings, and more)
- Fashion Show
- Dance Party
- West vs. East Soccer Game
- Onsite Childcare
The National Harm Reduction Conference registration will start at 9:00am, Thursday October 15th, with the Opening Session starting promptly at 10:00am. The Closing Session will begin at 11:00am on Sunday, October 18th and end at 1:00pm.
We are excited to announce that we will be offering courtesy methadone dosing. Dosing will be available during the 13th National Harm Reduction Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Please review the steps that need to take place before you can access dosing.