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A reality check in an area where the AIDS response is failing and is meeting with political, structural, and societal challenges. HIV transmission associated with unsafe injecting drug use has increased in the past 6 years; harm reduction has been stagnating globally in terms of reach out and funding; and political resistance to harm reduction is being strongly voiced in many countries. Despite progress in the language of the final resolution of the UN Special Session on drugs of 2016, progress in reforming drug policies towards more humane, public heath-driven and human rights-driven policies is slow or lagging. The panel will address the changing landscape of drug use and injecting drug use, the state of harm reduction, and evolving drug policies.

11:00
Welcome and opening remarks
Ruth Dreifuss, The Global Commission on Drug Policy, Switzerland
John-Peter Kools, Trimbos Institute, Netherlands
11:10
Drug use worldwide and HIV
Julia Buxton, Central European University, Hungary
11:20
Prohibitionist drug policies, violence and HIV
11:30
Harm reduction at a cross roads
Daniel Wolfe, Open Society Foundations, United States
11:40
Drug policy as means of social control by governments
Niamh Eastwood, Release, United Kingdom
11:50
The perspective of people who use drugs
Judy Chang, International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), United Kingdom
12:00
Moderated Q&A with panellists and audience
12:20
IAS Injecting Drug Use Research Prize
Marina Klein, McGill University Health Centre, Canada
12:25
Closing remarks
Ruth Dreifuss, The Global Commission on Drug Policy, Switzerland
John-Peter Kools, Trimbos Institute, Netherlands