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Helen Redmond is an expert in substance use, legal and illegal. She is a founder of Nicotine Harm Reduction Consultants and provides training and consultation on mental health, nicotine use, electronic cigarettes and the politics of vaping. For over a decade, Helen has worked as a licensed clinical social worker with drug users in medical and community mental health settings.

At New York University - Silver School of Social Work, Helen is adjunct faculty and teaches courses on drug use and drug policy from a harm reduction perspective. And she is a trainer for the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Helen is an independent journalist and writes about the international War on Drugs, drug treatment, and drug policy. She has written for: Al Jazeera, AlterNet, Harpers, and The Influence. 

In 2016, along with colleagues at City University of New York in Brooklyn, Helen organized and was a keynote speaker at the first Tobacco Harm Reduction Conference in the United States to focus on nicotine use among people with a mental health diagnosis, active drug users, and electronic cigarettes.

Helen’s documentary, Ezra Dowery: Life On Broadway was an official selection of the NYC Mental Health Film Festival 2016. She is making a feature-length documentary about methadone. 

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