People Before Politics

People Before Politics was the timely theme of the Harm Reducation International Conference in Porto, Portugal.

Opening Speaches

Street Health staff members: Mary Kay MacVicar, Harm Reducation Coordinator; Frank Coburn, Peer Instructor & Mentor; Kelly White, OPS Coordinator and Jessica Hales, Nurse Practioner attended…thanks to funding from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP)

Heart Sculpter Portugal 

Community Harm Reducation Team Peer Program Graduates Amanda Gratton and Iye Sanneh also attended to share their program learnings through a poster presentation. They are pictured below with program instructor Frank. 

Poster Presentation

Portugal’s progressive approach to drug policy and harm reduction includes the decriminalisation of possession and the use of all drugs.

We look forward to sharing more of the learnings from this conference in the coming weeks! 

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 Frank speaking with another conference delegate about the Street Health Support, Don’t Punish poster presentation.


Kelly and Jessica on a panel presentation.

Also click here for an interview with Kelly from the conference.