Harm Reduction 2013 - Our Conference Video

The Drugreporter's video report from the international harm reduction conference - remorseful politicians, skeptical researchers and activists without borders

The Drugreporter video advocacy team attended the international harm reduction conference in Vilnius - we filmed key sessions and interviewed several people about how they see state of the harm reduction movement in 2013. Learn how harm reduction programs are fighting for survival in a time of financial austerity, what does the former president of Poland and Switzerland think about the war on drugs and why harm reduction should move beyond public health. 

By Peter Sarosi and Istvan Gabor Takacs

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