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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". 

June 26, 2015

We Need Room for Change!

Drugreporter, in cooperation with seven other NGOs, proudly presents the new international campaign Room for Change—because we need to change the way we respond to urban drug problems.

June 11, 2015

In Search of a Drug Consumption Room - The Open Veins of Drug Users

A blend of poverty and lack of education, coupled with public hypocrisy and the absence of any real and efficient policies – it’s a recipe for a lethal Romanian cocktail which could prove to be more dangerous for drug addicts than the drugs themselves. The number of hard drug users in the country is steadily rising, while their average age is falling, with consumption-related diseases spreading faster than ever. It’s a situation that requires an urgent change in public views and national policies.

May 26, 2015

Cannabis – Healer or Killer?

During the last few months in Poland, cannabis has been receiving a good deal of attention. This is a result of a few events - both positive and negative - which have placed the issue of cannabis regulation in the mainstream media limelight.

May 14, 2015

The Battle for Harm Reduction Continues in Budapest

The HCLU’s Drugreporter has warned that rates of hepatitis-C infection among injecting drug users in Budapest almost doubled between 2011 and 2014 – in a period when access to harm reduction programs rapidly decreased. Government politicians are still denying the reality, and accuse harm reduction advocates of exaggerating the problem.
May 11, 2015

Why Was Ibogaine Banned in Hungary?

The Hungarian government banned 42 new psychoactive substances this year - but some of them are not new at all, for example Ibogaine. The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is suing a government agency for not providing access to the assessment reports on the risks of these drugs.   

April 29, 2015

Dirty Work in Velvet Gloves in Poland - The Organisation vs. the Politicians

The Polish parliament recently pushed through a series of amendments - mostly relating to new psychoactive substances - to the country's law on counteracting drug addiction. Read about the Polish politicians’ total contempt for the opinion of civil society, as well as for evidence-based drug policy.

April 23, 2015

Fight HIV, Not Drug Users!

A new movie by Dhojo Wahengbam on the severe rights violations committed against people who use drugs in Manipur.

April 8, 2015

Video Report of the UN Drug Debate

This March, our video advocacy team attended the 58th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the largest drug policy gathering in the world, to find out how governments and NGOs feel about the prospects of drug policy reform. We produced a series of short thematic videos, to give you an overview of the current state of political debate on the burning issues of international drug control.

March 29, 2015

The Romanian “King of Legal Highs” on Interview

Alin Rotaru, dubbed by the Romanian media, ”The Kings of Legal Highs”, was the owner of what was probably the first physical “ethnobotanical shop” in Romania, which opened in early 2008 in the eastern city of Galați. Read Drugreporter’s guest author Ștefan Iancu’s interview with him.

March 25, 2015

Is the European Medical Cannabis Movement Gaining in Power?

Researchers and medical cannabis patients met at the Prague Medical Cannabis Conference to discuss the latest developments in the field. On the sidelines, Drugreporter's guest author Iga Jeziorska interviewed two activists who were involved with the recent founding of the International Medical Cannabis Patients' Coalition.

March 12, 2015

Second Needle and Syringe Program Shut Down in Budapest

It is a dark time for harm reduction in Hungary: another life-saving service has fallen victim to political paranoia.

March 9, 2015

A Good Patient

What it's like to be a Serbian HIV-positive mother in treatment. Read the story by our guest author from Belgrade.

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