October 17, 2014News, Marijuana Policies

Legalisation of Marijuana is a Political Taboo in Bulgaria

Bulgarian society seems to be in a state of apathy when it comes to decriminalisation of drug use. Neither a so-called “reform” of the drugs law (making it harsher than ever), nor an outrageous fine for the pro-legalisation Green party, was a loud enough wake-up call for Bulgaria to distance itself from the current punishment-based approach. Read the guest article from human rights expert journalist Krassen Nikolov.

October 14, 2014

This is Why Needle Exchange Services are Needed in Budapest

The recent closure of the largest needle and syringe exchange program in Budapest raised a lot of concerns. Read how the leader of a similar service, ArtEra, sees the changing landscape for injecting drug users in the Hungarian capital.

October 7, 2014

Structural Changes Threaten Harm Reduction in Portugal

Do the recent structural changes to Portuguese harm reduction services threaten the stability and integrity of the country’s system? Our local EDPI partner, APDES, guides readers through this issue.

October 6, 2014

Turkey’s War on Drugs

The president of Turkey declared a war on drugs - but is it really what his country needs? Read our report from Istanbul! 

October 1, 2014

Sex Workers in New Zealand: The Decriminalisation Model

New Zealand decided to decriminalise sex work in 2003. Please watch our film and learn how sex workers see the impact of this law on their daily lives!

September 30, 2014

Serbian Youth Deserves Proper Party Scene Harm Reduction

Recreational drug use is  common in party settings among Serbian youth– a recent large scale study concluded  - bringing further evidence for the need to make party harm reduction services widely available across the country.

September 20, 2014

Ombudsman Condemns the Closure of Needle Exchange in Budapest

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, responding to a complaint submitted by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), found that the closure of the largest needle and syringe program in Budapest violated the right to health. The mayor is now accusing the ombudsman of “being controlled by the drug lobby”. 

September 18, 2014

Polish Citizens Support the Legalisation of Marijuana

You still have time until the second half of November to sign the petition for EU-wide marijuana legalisation. The Weed like to talk initiative aims to make the European Union adopt a common policy on the control and regulation of cannabis production, use and sale.

September 9, 2014

The Swedish Model of Criminalising the Clients of Sex Workers

Our video features an interesting presentation by Pye Jakobsson about the origins of the so called Swedish model, the policy criminalising the clients of sex workers.

September 5, 2014

Females Living With Addiction in Serbia: There Once Was a Girl…

Life can be particularly challenging for girls living with addiction in Serbia. Read the call from our Serbian partner organisations, for a gender-sensitive approach to helping substance users.

2014. October 17.

Bulgarian society seems to be in a state of apathy when it comes to decriminalisation of drug use. Neither a so-called “reform” of the drugs law (making it harsher than ever), nor an outrageous fine for the pro-legalisation Green party, was a loud enough wake-up call for Bulgaria to distance itself from the current punishment-based approach. Read the guest article from human rights expert journalist Krassen Nikolov.

2014. October 14.

The recent closure of the largest needle and syringe exchange program in Budapest raised a lot of concerns. Read how the leader of a similar service, ArtEra, sees the changing landscape for injecting drug users in the Hungarian capital.

2014. October 7.

Do the recent structural changes to Portuguese harm reduction services threaten the stability and integrity of the country’s system? Our local EDPI partner, APDES, guides readers through this issue.

2014. October 6.

The president of Turkey declared a war on drugs - but is it really what his country needs? Read our report from Istanbul! 

2014. October 1.

New Zealand decided to decriminalise sex work in 2003. Please watch our film and learn how sex workers see the impact of this law on their daily lives!

2014. September 30.

Recreational drug use is  common in party settings among Serbian youth– a recent large scale study concluded  - bringing further evidence for the need to make party harm reduction services widely available across the country.

2014. September 20.

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, responding to a complaint submitted by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), found that the closure of the largest needle and syringe program in Budapest violated the right to health. The mayor is now accusing the ombudsman of “being controlled by the drug lobby”. 

2014. September 9.

Our video features an interesting presentation by Pye Jakobsson about the origins of the so called Swedish model, the policy criminalising the clients of sex workers.

2014. September 5.

Life can be particularly challenging for girls living with addiction in Serbia. Read the call from our Serbian partner organisations, for a gender-sensitive approach to helping substance users.