December 21, 2014News, Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction: Need for Political Leadership

At the national harm reduction conference in Budapest,  presenters from Greece, Romania and Hungary reported that there are similar problems and challenges in relation to injecting drug use in Southern-Central Europe, but there are huge differences between government responses. Lack of political leadership is leading to growing HIV and hepatitis C infections among drug users all over the region. 

December 15, 2014

High Hopes in Serbia for Regulated Medical Marijuana

Regulated medical marijuana has come out of the blue as a feasible alternative in Serbia, where overwhelming public support favours regulating hemp-based medicines. The promised draft law is still awaited, however, and will then require the approval of the national parliament.

December 12, 2014

Mandatory School Drug Testing Proposal Rejected in Hungary

A government politician's proposal for mandatory drug testing of teenagers has been rejected due to criticism. 

December 8, 2014

Romania: drug-related offenses reduced as New Criminal Code is enforced

This year, the Romanian drug law was amended in the direction of decriminalisation, though the law still retains imprisonment and fines as an option, while penalties generally discriminate against the poor and socially disadvantaged.

November 20, 2014

Constitutional Court of Poland Backs Medical Marijuana

Poland's Constitutional Court recently concluded, in a legally binding ruling, that the county’s drug law needs to be amended. Find out why!

November 19, 2014

DR. ZEE - THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED MEPHEDRONE

Watch our video interview with the man who discovered Mephedrone, the drug also known as Meow-Meow! 

November 17, 2014

Infographic: Romania’s second plague - Tuberculosis

Check out our new infographic on Romania, where the poor health services provided for injecting drug users lead to increased shared needle use driven by new psychoactive substances. All of this has caused a surge in new HIV cases, and the revival of tuberculosis among people who use drugs.

October 28, 2014

Report of the HCLU-Drugreporter and INPUD Joint training on Video Advocacy

Drug User activists from all around the world gathered in Budapest, to learn how to make movies to advocate for drug policy reform and harm reduction.

October 17, 2014

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.

2014. December 21.

At the national harm reduction conference in Budapest,  presenters from Greece, Romania and Hungary reported that there are similar problems and challenges in relation to injecting drug use in Southern-Central Europe, but there are huge differences between government responses. Lack of political leadership is leading to growing HIV and hepatitis C infections among drug users all over the region. 

2014. December 15.

Regulated medical marijuana has come out of the blue as a feasible alternative in Serbia, where overwhelming public support favours regulating hemp-based medicines. The promised draft law is still awaited, however, and will then require the approval of the national parliament.

2014. December 12.

A government politician's proposal for mandatory drug testing of teenagers has been rejected due to criticism. 

2014. December 8.

This year, the Romanian drug law was amended in the direction of decriminalisation, though the law still retains imprisonment and fines as an option, while penalties generally discriminate against the poor and socially disadvantaged.

2014. November 20.

Poland's Constitutional Court recently concluded, in a legally binding ruling, that the county’s drug law needs to be amended. Find out why!

2014. November 19.

Watch our video interview with the man who discovered Mephedrone, the drug also known as Meow-Meow! 

2014. November 17.

Check out our new infographic on Romania, where the poor health services provided for injecting drug users lead to increased shared needle use driven by new psychoactive substances. All of this has caused a surge in new HIV cases, and the revival of tuberculosis among people who use drugs.

2014. October 28.

Drug User activists from all around the world gathered in Budapest, to learn how to make movies to advocate for drug policy reform and harm reduction.

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.