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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Featured speaker

Jennifer Randall


Jennifer Randall is a medical anthropologist and a passionate, award-winning educator with nearly 20 years of teaching experience across three continents and has been involved with Support Don't Punish since 2013.

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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