Joint written statement on Protecting and Promoting the Health of People Who Use Drugs

Harm Reduction International (HRI) and supporting organisations welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health on promoting mental health through a holistic approach, and the attention paid to underlying determinants, the impact of discrimination, and the need to promote the inclusion and empowerment of marginalised communities.

HRI seconds the acknowledgment that inequitable laws and policies, such as the criminalisation of drug possession or cultivation for personal use, undermine the protection and promotion of the right to health.