Harm reduction and HIV

Drug use is a public health issue with an impact on development and security. One of the top 20 risk factors to health globally, it is closely associated with HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, suicide, overdose death, and cardiovascular diseases. The continuing criminalization of drug use results in fostering the stigma associated with drug use, and generating multiple forms of discrimination and social exclusion, including access to healthcare. People who use drugs are hence further pushed underground and away from services they rightfully need.

  • Opinion piece
  • Existing drugs laws are harmful to individuals, communities and countries