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January 29, 2015

CHECK!N – 8 years of Intervening in Party Settings in Portugal

Portugal not only broke the taboo by decriminalising all illicit substance but also recognised the importance of on-site harm reduction in party settings. Read here how their holistic CHECK!N party service helps young people and others.

January 13, 2015

Infographic: Harm Reduction in Party Settings in Serbia

All you need to know about harms and harm reduction at party settings in Serbia summed up on the latest episode of Drugreporter's Drugfacts infographic.

January 6, 2015

Coffee Shops and Compromise: The Success of the Dutch Model

In 1976, the Netherlands separated the cannabis market from the market in other illicit drugs, and allowed coffee shops to sell small amounts of cannabis to adults in a controlled environment. Our new movie, supplementing the report of the Open Society Foundation, tells the story of the Dutch model and highlights its successes, as well as the challenges ahead of it.  

December 21, 2014

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.

October 7, 2014

Structural Changes Threaten Harm Reduction in Portugal

Do the recent structural changes to Portuguese harm reduction services threaten the stability and integrity of the country’s system? Our local EDPI partner, APDES, guides readers through this issue.

October 6, 2014

Turkey’s War on Drugs

The president of Turkey declared a war on drugs - but is it really what his country needs? Read our report from Istanbul! 

October 1, 2014

Sex Workers in New Zealand: The Decriminalisation Model

New Zealand decided to decriminalise sex work in 2003. Please watch our film and learn how sex workers see the impact of this law on their daily lives!

September 30, 2014

Serbian Youth Deserves Proper Party Scene Harm Reduction

Recreational drug use is  common in party settings among Serbian youth– a recent large scale study concluded  - bringing further evidence for the need to make party harm reduction services widely available across the country.

September 20, 2014

Ombudsman Condemns the Closure of Needle Exchange in Budapest

The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, responding to a complaint submitted by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), found that the closure of the largest needle and syringe program in Budapest violated the right to health. The mayor is now accusing the ombudsman of “being controlled by the drug lobby”. 

September 9, 2014

The Swedish Model of Criminalising the Clients of Sex Workers

Our video features an interesting presentation by Pye Jakobsson about the origins of the so called Swedish model, the policy criminalising the clients of sex workers.

September 5, 2014

Females Living With Addiction in Serbia: There Once Was a Girl…

Life can be particularly challenging for girls living with addiction in Serbia. Read the call from our Serbian partner organisations, for a gender-sensitive approach to helping substance users.

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