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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.

August 26, 2015

Room for Change: But in Which Direction?

On 26th of June 2015, as many as 150 cities all over the world joined the “Support, Don’t Punish” campaign, to mark Global Action Day. For eight cities in Europe, it was also the opening day of the “Room for Change” campaign, advocating for safe injection rooms for people who inject drugs. In this context, the situation of the Warsaw Harm Reduction Foundation is especially alarming.

August 25, 2015

Cannabis Social Clubs in Catalonia – A European Model of Cannabis Legalisation?

Please watch our video interview with a Catalan cannabis activist, about how political attitudes to cannabis are changing in Spain. 

 
July 23, 2015

Drugreporter wins first prize with our movie, "Room in the 8th District"

Our advocacy film has won the award for best documentary at the Kreatív Magazine’s annual webvideo contest.

July 21, 2015

Activists in Indonesia Plan to use Cameras in the Fight Against the Drug War

On 6-10 July, 2015, fifteen activists participated in video advocacy training provided by the HCLU and the Indonesian Drug Users' Network (PKNI) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

July 12, 2015

Odyseus Calls for Common Solutions on Drugs in Slovakia

Slovakia needs to find a common solution to guarantee harm reduction for all in need - argues a local harm reduction provider, Odyseus, in a video produced jointly with Drugreporter.

July 8, 2015

Film Festival Call for Submissions

The Indivor International Harm Reduction Film Festival 2015 will be a highlight of  the  24th International Harm Reduction Conference  to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since 2010, the Festival has been concurrently run for the general public.

July 7, 2015

Harm Reduction Services End in Montenegro

Harm reduction service provision ended in Montenegro on June 30th 2015, due to the fact that Montenegro is classified as an upper- middle-income country, and as such, is not eligible for further funding from the Global Fund to Defeat Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria.

July 2, 2015

The Myth of a Final Solution in the War Against Legal Highs

"Legal highs: could this be the end of the road?" – asks Joe Shuts in his article, published in The Telegraph. He refers to the new blanket ban the UK government has recently introduced to stop the flood of so-called legal highs, new psychoactive substances which have been spreading all over Europe since 2009. Should other governments follow the British example and adopt similar bans? The answer has to be a resounding "No". 

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