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
Now in its seventh year, the HIT ‘Hot Topics’ Conference on harm reduction took place on November 10th at Lutyens Crypt in Liverpool. In the context of rising drug related deaths, treatment cuts, novel psychoactive drugs and rising chemsex population harm reduction is more important than ever. From my experience of working in treatment for 9 years and my current role in policy I would be inclined to agree.
Each year we raise money for charity with our Cavern Club conference side event. This year the wonderful people who came raised £236.50 for the Cancer Wellbeing Centre in the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Thank you all so much!
I’m just travelling home on the train from a fantastic few days in Liverpool. Since 2012 I’ve been going every year for the HIT Hot Topics conference and it’s something I really look forward to for many reasons which I’ll attempt to highlight here.
This year it got me thinking about what a privileged position I’m in to be able to attend such events on a regular basis and since starting the Facebook group it’s reminded me about how important networking in the harm reduction field is.
The decision has been made. After talking to many of you about the venues you’ve loved over the last seven years of HIT Hot Topics we have decided to return to Lutyens Crypt under Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. This will give us the space we need while also being one of the most beautiful venues we’ve used.