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April 30, 2014

Roma Girls, Drug Users in Serbia - locked into a repeating cycle of risks

Young Roma people in Serbia are particularly severely affected by the increase in use of traditional psychoactive substances, such as cannabis, inhalants (glue and solvents), heroin and alcohol. EDPI’s local partner, the NGO 'Re Generation', argues that these young people - a high proportion of whom live and work on the streets - are in need of special care.

April 22, 2014

Media Reports from the High-level UN Meeting on Drugs

HCLU's European Drug Policy Initiative this year took the form of grant-aiding a group of European journalists to cover on location the high-level meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.

April 2, 2014

The Same Old Russian Lies Against Methadone

The occupation of Crimea will have catastrophic consequences on the situation relating to HIV and drug-use

March 31, 2014

Read the 2012 and 2013 HCLU Film Catalogues

In 2012, the HCLU produced 154 movies, of which 76 are foreign-language, and 78 are in Hungarian. In 2013, we produced 64 movies - 16 in Hungarian and 48 in other languages. During those two years, we won five prizes and held five training courses in video advocacy. Browse these two catalogues and open the videos by clicking on the links.

March 28, 2014

The Role of Heroin in Serbian History

Whether it was transporting silk, spices, tobacco, or opium, for centuries, the Silk Road from the Far East towards European countries passed through Serbia. Read how heroin permeated the country and made the region a transport hub for illicit substances.

March 21, 2014

Will this be a good year for Portuguese Harm Reduction?

Around seventy experts met under the flag of the Portuguese National Harm Reduction Network to discuss the state of Harm Reduction in Portugal.

March 19, 2014

Breaking Down the Vienna Consensus on Drugs

The consensus behind global drug prohibition is fading - watch the new video we filmed at the high level UN meeting in Vienna and find out why! 

March 11, 2014

Debunk the INCB! – Video Campaign

The HCLU’s Drugreporter is launching a video campaign to debunk the offensive of the International Narcotics Control Board against drug policy reform initiatives

March 6, 2014

Europe, it’s time to regulate cannabis!

A couple of young people have launched “Weed like to talk”, a grassroots campaign calling on the European Union to make cannabis legal. 

February 13, 2014

AT A CROSSROADS: Will Serbia Fund Harm Reduction Programs to Save Lives?

Serbia is not eligible for any more money from the Global Fund - harm reduction programs are in danger. Our movie gives you a glimpse of the desperate situation of Roma injecting drug users in Belgrade, help us to share the message! 

February 11, 2014

Legal Dreams and Folk Tales: The New Psychoactive Substances in Urban Drug Folklores

In Romania, the urban legends that ‘legal highs’ have inspired, speak of the traumas and hardships faced by injecting drug users.

February 4, 2014

Needle and Syringe Programs Save Lives and Money: Infograph

There are an estimated 16 million injecting drug users (IDUs) in the world - three million of them living with HIV/AIDS. Providing IDUs with clean needle and syringe saves lives. Help us to spread this message by sharing our infograph!

January 31, 2014

Профилактика передозировок: анимированное руководство

Опиоидные передозировки по-прежнему убивают молодых людей по всему миру. В некоторых странах от передозировок стало погибать больше людей, чем от огнестрельного оружия, убийств или ВИЧ/СПИДа.

January 31, 2014

Bunny and Wolf: An Animated Guide to Prevent Overdose Deaths

Opioid overdose continues to be a top killer of young people all over the world. In some countries, drug overdose deaths now outnumber those attributable to firearms, homicides or HIV/AIDS. Few people realise that most of these deaths are easily preventable with the right information, and an inexpensive antidote, Naloxone, which can reverse overdoses.

January 30, 2014

Polish Drug Policy by Numbers

On average,  someone is arrested every three hours in Poland on suspicion of drug possession, most often during a routine street frisk.

January 24, 2014

The Not-So-Balanced Approach - Policy Responses to New Psychoactive Substances

Our new report (PDF) aims to assess the various policy responses to new psychoactive substances (so called "legal highs") in five European countries - Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Serbia - , from the perspective of researchers, service providers, law enforcement officials and activists working with the most affected communities of people who use drugs. 

January 23, 2014

Dangerous turn in Bulgarian drug policy, as proposed in a new Penal Code bill

At the very end of December, the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice (MJ) published a new Penal Code project. In general, this bill makes no progress towards a more liberal policy for drug users.

January 3, 2014

Will 2014 Bring a Feasible Drug Strategy for Serbia?

2013 has come to an end. It's time to sum ​​up the past year, and make plans and wishes for the coming one. With the end of the year, the implementation period of the first Serbian national strategy related to reduction of supply and demand of psychoactive substances - representing the backbone of Serbian drug policy - has ended. EDPI’s Serbian partner takes stock of the period.

December 17, 2013
December 10, 2013

Disagreement Over Meaningful Involvement of Civil Society at EU Drug Meeting

The Lithuanian EU presidency invited civil society members to present their views on UNGASS 2016 at the meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on Drugs

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