18 November 2019

Special Rapporteur on Housing – Harm reduction

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Everyone has the right to adequate housing. People who use drugs are more likely to experience difficulties with housing as a result of their criminalisation and social exclusion.

Harm Reduction International and the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) collaborated on this submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing; supporting the development of guidelines for the implementation of the right to adequate housing.

This submission emphasises that inadequate housing has particularly adverse impacts for people who use drugs, including driving increased risk of drug-related harms; and in many jurisdictions, knowledge of tenants’ drug use justifies – and can compel – eviction.

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