HIT Hot Topics


HIT Hot Topics 2017

lutyens crypt, Liverpool, 10 November

We are now in our seventh conference year, and still going strong.

We at HIT believe that a conference focused on harm reduction is more important than ever given the current UK situation in terms of drug related deaths, novel psycoactive drugs, chemsex and a lack of political will to promote evidence-based approaches to these issues.

We hope that you enjoyed the conference and the speakers we selected.


The word on the streets (DDN)

This year’s Hit Hot Topics asked, how can we give harm reduction most impact on the frontline?

What the heck are we doing, criminalising people for what they do to themselves?’Nanna Gotfredson is the founder of Gadejuristen, the ‘Street Lawyers’ of Denmark. She brings legal outreach to homeless people and witnesses the ‘constant war on drug users – the constant fight between doves and hawks’. ‘Denmark is a welfare country – but the welfare system is designed for middle class people,’ she told the HIT Hot Topics Conference. With her team, she brought harm reduction, outreach and legal aid services – ‘and hugs, because we also need love’ – to people on the streets. It brought her into confrontation, and then ‘a critical dialogue’, with the police – but it also brought progress. Denmark now has five heroin clinics and has had drug consumption rooms since 2012, all with vein scanners.

Article on Drink Drug News site

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Emma Roberts
Nanna Gotfredsen
Emma Roberts
Susanne MacGregor
Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts
Harry Shapiro
Patriic Gayle
Sue McCutcheon
Sue McCutcheon
Stephen Malloy
Naomi Burke-Shyne
Craig Reinarman
Delon Human
Joe Kean
Jennifer Randall
Featured speaker

Emma Roberts

Director of Capacity Building – Harm Reduction Coalition

Emma Roberts has worked for the Harm Reduction Coalition as a training consultant since 2009, and in 2014 became a full-time member of staff for the organisation. Her focus as director of capacity building services is to coordinate the provision of technical assistance and support to programmes promoting syringe access, drug user health, Hepatitis C services and overdose prevention to organisations across the U.S.

Side events

Time to be social
As always HIT organised side events to make sure that people get to make the most of us all being together in the same city.

Harm reduction cafe

9 November, Venue, Sound

After conference gig

10 November 10, Cavern Club

Contact HIT

HIT, The Foundry
38 Henry Street
Liverpool L1 5BS

0844 412 0972

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