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February 2, 2017

"The Drug Consumption Room Can Create New Partnerships" - Interview With Charlotte Mévil-Blanche

The city of Paris has opened its first drug consumption room (DCR) last year, after a long political struggle. We interviewed Charlotte Mévil-Blanche, a volunteer at the Gaia-Paris DCR about their plans.  

January 18, 2017

Drug Users Activism in Macedonia

“People are afraid of the Police. If you go to protests... you are marked and whenever they see you, they might stop you, control you." This is just one of the obstacles restraining drug user activism in Macedonia. An article by Vlatko Dekov.

January 16, 2017

No-Alcohol Policy Means No Shelter For The Homeless

"The local authorities in Bucharest, Romania, don’t have any official statistics on the city’s homeless population." According to a local NGO, there were about 5,000 people in 2010. Read the story of Florian, by Vlad Odobescu, who cannot go to shelters because of his alcoholism.

December 21, 2016

“Sport Isn't For Drug Users!”…Or Is It?

Vašek is a drug user; when he was younger, he played football for many years. He had a dream - to have a football cup for drug users. Watch this video of David Pešek from the Czech SANANIM Contact Centre about the Harm Reduction Cup 2016.

December 19, 2016

I Also Have the Right to Humane Treatment

An image from the centre of Skopje: Children, barely five years old, walk around the park, holding a bag, pressing it to their faces from time to time to inhale. Healthy Options Project Skopje fights for available treatments for these kids thus for their lives.

December 15, 2016

An Anthropological Perspective: Terminological Confusion

"Instead of promoting harm reduction programs, journalists and other relevant actors use stigmatizing and discriminating terminology." Ognjen Martinović and Irena Molnar from the Serbian NGO Re Generation deconstruct the problem drug and terminological confusion.

December 14, 2016

German Cities Move Forward With Cannabis Reform - An Interview With Georg Wurth, Chairman of the German Cannabis Association

While the federal government of Germany does not dare to change cannabis laws, cities like Berlin and Düsseldorf are taking over the lead in reform. We interviewed Georg Wurth, the chairman of the German Cannabis Association about the situation. 

December 12, 2016

“More Needs To Be Done To Reach The Most Vulnerable” - An Interview With David Liddell, Head Of The Scottish Drugs Forum 

Scotland has witnessed a dramatic increase in overdose deaths and HIV infections among injecting drug users. Policy-makers in Glasgow are reported to be considering a proposal to open the first supervised injection site, in response to the epidemics. We interviewed David Liddell, the director of the Scottish Drugs Forum, to learn more about the situation!   

November 21, 2016

Kyrgyzstan: Staying Together To Survive

"This is Kyrgyzstan, a country with very complicated drug policy and a very active community of people who use drugs." Watch this video produced by Drug User News at Drugreporter, about harm reduction and activism in Kyrgyzstan.

November 14, 2016

EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs Calls For More Inclusion

The Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF), an expert group of the European Commission with more than forty members representing leading European NGOs, held its annual plenary meeting in Brussels last week. The Forum has become an important voice, but it needs more inclusion and funding from EU institutions. 

November 9, 2016

A Distress Call From Romanian Civil Society

Governments of wealthy countries will be meeting to discuss the future budget of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Romanian civil society organisations have sent them an open letter, warning of catastrophic consequences if they fail to allocate adequate funding for HIV prevention measures, in a country which has been badly hit by the epidemic.  

November 4, 2016

A Hitchhiker's Guide to Harm Reduction in Amsterdam

Deep compassion and cool-headed pragmatism - these are the essence of harm reduction in Amsterdam. Read about the adventures of a Czech social worker, David Pešek, who spent a week-long internship at the Regenboog Groep in Amsterdam to see what daily life is like there!

November 2, 2016

A DAY IN THE LIFE: The World of Humans Who Use Drugs - Trailer and screening dates!

We proudly present Drugreporter's new feature documentary: A Day in the Life. Produced by drug users and activists, the movie features the different realities of the global war on drugs by guiding us through one day in the life of people who use drugs in seven cities of the world. Watch the new trailer and check out screening dates and news about the film!

October 27, 2016

Darknet: Light in the Dark of Ignorance

Interview with two psychonauts from Belgrade who are testing new psychoactive substances on themselves. Read the article of Bojan Arsenijevic! 

October 25, 2016

Accessible and Affordable Rehab Services in Romania: a Rare Opportunity

The Romanian Blue Cross launched a free of charge rehab service, which was not accessible before in the country. Read Stefan Iancu’s, a former user and present helper at Blue Cross, experiences and opinion about the situation of rehab services in Romania.

October 21, 2016

Warsaw Declaration – Next Step Forward, Implementation

Warsaw Declaration – the city of Warsaw is to implement a two-year program to reform city drug policy. The Polish Drug Policy Network will take further actions to encourage the EU to develop a common drug strategy for use at local level.

October 13, 2016

“You Cannot Promote Safety Through Prejudice” - Interview with Marinella Kloka On Harm Reduction in Greece

Marianella Kloka is one of the leading figures of the Greek harm reduction movement, and is currently the advocacy officer at the Praksis NGO. We interviewed her about how the government and civil society in Greece have responded to the threat of an HIV epidemic among people who use drugs. Read her inspiring thoughts, and watch our video about people, drugs and harm reduction in Greece! 

October 13, 2016

Legalisation of Medicinal Cannabis in Macedonia

In February 2016, Macedonia legalised medicinal cannabis but the law is far from ideal. Drugreporter's Macedonian partner, Healthy Options Project Skopje – HOPS – carried out an analysis of the law. Read their key remarks and recommendations presented by Vlatko Dekov.

October 6, 2016

"Drugs Are Less of a Political Priority" - Interview with Alexis Goodseel, The Director of the EMCDDA

On 1 January 2016, Alexis Goosdeel became the new Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon, Portugal. In an interview with Drugreporter, he discusses the challenges posed by Europe’s drugs problems, and the future plans and opportunities for the agency in a changing political environment. 

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