The Open Society Foundations advocate for policies that advance the health and human rights of people who use drugs, giving them the chance to make positive choices to protect their own health, and that of their families and communities.
The Overwhelming Evidence in Favor of Harm Reduction
Harm reduction services are cost-effective, supportive of healthier communities, and safer. It's time for governments worldwide to follow the facts, not antidrug prejudice.
How Macedonia’s Bureaucracy Is Failing Young People
Too many of the country’s institutions are simply not equipped with the medicine, expertise, or guidance they need to help young people who are using drugs.
Sex Workers Demand Justice
A recent tragedy in Queens, New York, served as a reminder of the criminal justice system's disregard for sex workers’ lives. It’s time for policymakers to prove they mean it when they champion human rights.
Macedonia’s Lessons for Fighting HIV
When a key funder pulled back, many advocates for people in Macedonia with HIV feared the worst. But thanks to a mix of grassroots advocacy and targeted political outreach, the fight against the epidemic continues.
A Blind Spot in the Movement Against Gender-Based Violence
When women seek treatment for their drug use, they often find themselves in unsafe environments. Activists working to end gender-based violence need to do more to reach out to these women and make them part of the solution.
Why Harm Reduction Is Crucial to the Fight Against HIV
New research shows that the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs is worse than we thought. National governments must reject the “war on drugs” and invest in harm reduction policies—before it’s too late.
Putting Rio de Janeiro’s Maré on the Map
For decades, Maré, Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela, was impossible to find on a map. But thanks in part to a local development association, its residents aren’t invisible anymore—and are ready to defend their human rights.
The World Must Learn from Hong Kong’s Example
While many policymakers work to control heroin dependence, Hong Kong stands out. A new report explains why—and offers lessons to public officials hoping to follow its example.