Editor-in-Chief

  • Euan Lawson, Lancaster University

Founding Editor

  • Ernest Drucker, John Jay College , CUNY

Affiliated Organizations

Harm Reduction Journal is affiliated with Harm Reduction International and the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.

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Aims & scope

Harm Reduction Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal whose focus is on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies. We define 'harm reduction' as 'policies and programs which aim to reduce the health, social, and economic costs of legal and illegal psychoactive drug use without necessarily reducing drug consumption'.

Of Special Note in This Issue

See featured thematic series 'Law Enforcement and Harm Reduction in SE Asia' examining policing and harm reduction in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.


Edited by Prof Nick Crofts, Dr Timothy John Moore, Ms Brigitte Tenni and Dr Nick Thomson.

Affiliated organizations

Harm Reduction International

Harm Reduction International (HRI) is one of the leading international non-governmental organizations promoting policies and practices that reduce the harms from all psychoactive substances. A key principle of HRI's approach is to support the engagement of people and communities affected by drugs and alcohol around the world in policy-making processes, including the voices and perspectives of people who use illicit drugs. The organization has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.



Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) promotes humane, evidence-based harm reduction approaches to drug use, with the aim of improving health and protecting human rights at the individual, community, and societal level.

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ISSN: 1477-7517