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.
Heroin use and harm reduction in Afghanistan: An interview with Helen Redmond, LCSW
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(4) [November 12, 2014]
Drug policy in Portugal: An interview with Helen Redmond, LCSW, CADC
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13 (2) [May 10, 2013]
It's the People Who Harmfully Attack E-Cigarettes Who Need to Quit
The Influence 
Prince of Chronic Pain: When Doves Cry
Drugs Are Great [July 28, 2016]
Harpers [November 5, 2015]
Heroin Track Marks Are the Scars of War in Afghanistan
Alternet [July 9, 2013]
A Harm Reduction Approach to End the War on Drugs in Afghanistan
GRITtv with Laura Flanders [August 6, 2013]
The Racist War on Drugs in the United States
Harlem School of the Arts [April 24, 2013]
Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs: How to Stop the War on Drug Users
Presentation for Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Roosevelt University, Chicago [December 3, 2011]
The Surgeon General's Pack of Lies About E-Cigarettes Is Likely to Cost Lives
The Influence [December 19, 2016]
Prejudice Kills: People Who Need Lifesaving Methadone Continue to Be Degraded and Blocked
The Influence [November 28, 2016]