Harm reduction interventions such as needle and syringe programs and opioid substitution therapy are low cost but have remarkably high impact, keeping HIV infection rates low among people who inject drugs and saving lives and healthcare costs. Yet many countries still do not provide harm reduction and global funding for it amounts to just $160 million – only 7% of what is needed.
By contrast, each year governments spend over $100 billion waging an ineffective war on drugs. Harm Reduction International is calling on countries to redirect just a tenth of this money to harm reduction. #10by20 #cnd2015