HRMHP Presents: Harm Reduction and the International Drug Control System: Progress Made and Opportunities for the Future

New York, NY

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The Harm Reduction and Mental Health Project Presents:


Harm Reduction and the International Drug Control System: Progress Made and Opportunities for the Future 


Presented by Heather Haase

This talk will cover developments in harm reduction and drug policy in the context of the United Nations and the international drug control legal system.  We’ll discuss recent progress made by the harm reduction movement at the United Nations, including the latest updates from the 56th Session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs held in Vienna in March.  We’ll also explore challenges to the international drug treaties (such as the Bolivian coca leaf reservation, Uruguay’s proposal for a state-run regulated market, and marijuana legalization laws passed in Colorado and Washington), and the effect of the treaties on domestic drug law reform.  Finally, we’ll discuss opportunities for reform in the next few years, including the High Level review to be held in Vienna in 2014, and the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS) set for 2016 in New York.

Heather Haase is an attorney and drug policy reform advocate who consults with drug policy organizations such as International Drug Policy Consortium and Harm Reduction Coalition on matters concerning international drug law and the United Nations.  In recent years she has traveled to Vienna to advocate for harm reduction measures at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and to Budapest to study the international drug legal system, primarily the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and related treaties.  She has co-presented workshops on international harm reduction advocacy at conferences in New York and Portland, and will present in Vilnius, Lithuania this month. Heather is Chair of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Drugs & the Law.  She also authors the blog, a light-hearted look at the UN and the international drug control system. 


The event is free and there is no need to pre-register.


For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Kellogg at:


The members of the Mental Health and Harm Reduction Project organizing committee are: Michele Stocknoff, LMSW, Kathryn Grooms, LMSW, and Scott Kellogg, PhD.