Harm Reduction Coalition’s biannual national harm reduction conference is the only multidisciplinary gathering dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people who use drugs or have a history of drug use.
The conference is arranged by SERAF, City of Bergen, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Research Council of Norway in collaboration with proLAR, Bergen Clinics, Helse Bergen, SIRUS and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
The main goal of the conference is to advocate for and promote harm reduction in the countries of the MENA region and to foster networking between civil society organisations and other stakeholders working in the field.
The purpose of the event will be to look to expand on innovative methods preventing fatal overdose and other drug-related harms currently being employed in Scotland, and also learn from the work of colleagues in Canada.
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on 31 August each year. It aims to raise awareness around overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death, while also providing the opportunity to lobby politicians about overdose and demand better community responses.
On 21st July, we honour and remember those who have perished in wholly avoidable deaths, and stand in solidarity with affected communities worldwide in demanding policies and attitudes that uplift and support people who use drugs.
The International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event during which local and international organisations host events to promote health, reduce stigma and commemorate those who have been lost to a drug overdose.
The main conference topics are on optimising drug dependence treatment and policy treatment cooperation with drug prevention, harm reduction, treatment and rehabilitation programs in the region, with a focus on Greece, treatment of Hepatitis C, different praxis trough the region, treatment in prisons and other key topics.