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November 22, 2015

We Are a Movement for Freedom - Drug Policy Reform Conference 2015

Progress should not cause us to lose sight of our core values. Please watch our video and read our article about the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, which was held in Washington DC between 18-21 November!  

November 20, 2015

Ethan Nadelmann: We Are a Movement for Freedom

A speech delivered by the Director of the Drug Policy Alliance at the opening session of the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Washington DC.  

November 13, 2015

Decriminalisation Is Not Rocket Science – The UN Must Endorse It!

Criminalising people who use drugs doesn't work, and it harms our society. We congratulate the UN drug agency for having prepared a paper which supports decriminalisation – and we encourage the agency to endorse their own report. Watch our video, to find out more about how the UN paper on decriminalisation was suppressed, and how it was received at the international harm reduction conference!     
 
November 10, 2015

Cost-effective Yet Underfunded: The Harm Reduction Program of Odyseus in Slovakia

In Slovakia, the cost/benefit analysis carried out on a needle and syringe exchange program showed that every euro invested in C.A. Odyseus´s harm reduction program generated benefits worth almost three euros. Read what the figures show about why it's worthwhile investing in harm reduction!

November 4, 2015

Legalisation? Yes, But Not at Any Cost!

Ohio voters did not reject the legal regulation of cannabis - they only rejected one particular form of legalisation. We think they were wise to do so.    

October 26, 2015

The Kuala Lumpur Sessions

The Drugreporter filmed some of the key sessions at the Harm Reduction Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

October 21, 2015

The Hazy Dawn of the Harm Reduction Decade

The Drugreporter video team attended and filmed the International Harm Reduction Conference to learn about the new trends in harm reduction. Please watch our short video and read our article highlighting these trends!

October 16, 2015

Hungarian Researchers Aim to Study DMT’s Role in Clinical Death

Scientists at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, are aiming to work on cutting-edge research to study how endogenous DMT, occurring naturally in the body, may be useful to modern medicine, particularly by protecting brain cells in the stage of clinical death.

October 13, 2015

Why Have the Serbian Media Become Interested in Drug Consumption Rooms?

Well-targeted advocacy, hand-in-hand with a bit of hype, recently caused Serbian media to give extensive coverage to the idea of opening safe injecting rooms in the country. Part of the 'Room for Change' campaign in Serbia – read our local partner's report!
October 12, 2015

Harm Reduction: Stuck in the Transit Zone

Our new movie provides an insight into the state of harm reduction in Eastern Europe: A struggle for survival in a time of economic austerity.

October 7, 2015

The New Civil Society Forum on Drugs Meets in Brussels

45 professionals representing civil society organisations working in the drug field gathered in Brussels to prepare advice for the European Commission and member states.

October 3, 2015

Republic of Georgia Cuts Back Its Street Drug Testing Program

Civil society activists welcomes the parliament’s decision to ease back on the world’s most restrictive on-street drug-testing program - but they say full decriminalization would be the real solution.

September 28, 2015

What’s New in Polish Drug Substitution?

Recent media uproar in connection with a new wave of poisonings from "legal highs" provides a timely opportunity to draw attention to the Polish system for helping drug-dependent people. Demand for new drugs is not only a problem of criminal law and the result of inadequate prevention measures, but also a problem of inadequate treatment, as a result of which thousands of people remain without help.

September 23, 2015

UNGASS 2016: Weighing the Chances

Next year the General Assembly of the United Nations will put global drug policies on its agenda. Some people think this signals the dawn of a new era, a Spring of drug policy reform. I am more skeptical. In the global drug war, the end of winter is not as close as some have suggested. However, there are many advocacy opportunities NGOs should not miss.
September 21, 2015

Advocating for Drug Consumption Rooms in Portugal

Read about the great example of how the civil sphere of Portugal is joining forces to convince the authorities and public service providers to take harm reduction related to drug use seriously.
September 18, 2015

French Senate Gives Green Light to Drug Consumption Rooms

After a heated debate, Senators have decided to approve an experimental project to provide a safer environment for drug users, in order to prevent death and disease.

September 8, 2015

Life After the Closure of the Needle Exchange in Budapest

Last year, Drugreporter gave a detailed account of the attack on harm reduction in Budapest, which resulted in the closure of the two largest needle and syringe programs. This year, we have produced a movie, based on interviews with key professionals and drug users, about what has changed on the streets of the District 8 of Budapest since then. Watch our video with English subtitles! 

September 8, 2015

Mystifying Designer Drugs: Serbian Media Does It’s Utmost

New psychoactive substances - temporarily legal substitutes for traditional illicit drugs - have been around in Serbia for several years, but the biased local media coverage tends to leave one poorly informed about them.

September 3, 2015

Drug Consumption Rooms in Barcelona

Watch this inspiring video interview with a Catalan harm reduction activist, about how drug consumption rooms have helped to reduce drug problems in Barcelona!  

August 28, 2015

The Room for Change campaign launches a petition among citizens in Sofia

The Initiative for Health Foundation is building on the Room for Change campaign, with street action and a petition.

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