Poland

June 22, 2017

Polish Parliament Says Yes To Medical Cannabis

The Sejm has passed a law that is intended to allow patients to access cannabis preparations. These preparations will be available in pharmacies on a doctor’s prescription, and the raw substance shall be imported from abroad. 440 deputies voted yes, two were against, and one person abstained.

October 21, 2016

Warsaw Declaration – Next Step Forward, Implementation

Warsaw Declaration – the city of Warsaw is to implement a two-year program to reform city drug policy. The Polish Drug Policy Network will take further actions to encourage the EU to develop a common drug strategy for use at local level.

May 17, 2016

Let Us Live and Save Our Loved Ones

A struggle for making medical cannabis legal in Poland: an article by Iga Jeziorska on our new video produced by Paweł Libera and the Polish Drug Policy Network.

November 26, 2015

Where Do Poles Inject? - The “Room for Change” Campaign in Poland

Public discussion of harm reduction in Poland - especially the country's attitude to injecting drug users - is stuck in the 1990s. Read what needs to be done, in terms of the realities described by Polish drug policy experts, to save lives and lower the costs of treating users.

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. 

June 10, 2013

Former Polish President: I Was Wrong

The former president of Poland, Alexander Kwasniewski apologized for supporting the criminalization of drug users in his speech at the opening session of the international harm reduction conference 

February 2, 2012

Count the Costs with Former Presidents!

There is no consistency in our policies on drugs - says Ruth Dreifuss, the former president of the Swiss Federation

September 5, 2011

Count the Costs Campaign Events in European Capitals

Video reports of the Count the Costs campaign events organized by the European Drug Policy Initiative in 5 European cities

April 21, 2011

It's Time for Drug Policy Reform in Poland!

After 10 years of zero-tolerance, the Polish Parliament has decided to reform the drug law - watch our movie and learn more!

December 25, 2007

Ethan Nadelmann - What are the alternatives of prohibition?

Ethan Nadelmann is the executive director of the largest drug policy reform organization in the U.S., the Drug Policy Alliance (www.drugpolicy.org ). Earlier he was a professor at the Princeton University.

December 25, 2007

Robyn Few - Harm reduction among sex workers

Is sex work always a rape? Can women give their consent to do sex work? Can we speak about harm reduction among sex workers like among drug users?

December 25, 2007

Alex Wodak - Can indvidual countries legalize drugs?

Dr Alex Wodak is the Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent's Hospital. He was also President of the International Harm Reduction Association for several years, he is the author (with Ron Owen) of "Drug Prohibition: a call for change" published by UNSW Press.

December 25, 2007

Anette Verster - Harm reduction is effective in prisons

Annette Verster works for the HIV/AIDS Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva, she coordinates all activities related to HIV prevention. She speaks about the conclusions of an investigation on prisons and harm reduction which WHO commissioned recently.

December 25, 2007

Stijn Goossens - Grow your plant!

Stijn Goossens, the head of the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (www.inpud.org) is speaking about Trek Uw Plant, an interesting social experiment in the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

December 25, 2007

Eberhard Schatz - about Dutch consumption rooms

Eberhard Schatz is the head of an Amsterdam-based harm reduction NGO, AMOC, which operates a drop-in and consumption room for injecting drug users with foreign nationality. According to the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction, consumption rooms can successfully reduce drug related harms, especially drug overdoses and HIV infections.

December 25, 2007

Robyn Few - a sex worker coming out of the closet

Robyn Few is the Director of SWOP-USA, and co-founder of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, held on December 17th each year. SWOP helps sex workers and their organizations organize to protect their rights and fight against stigmatization and discrimination.

December 25, 2007

Mike Trace - does the criminalization of drug users work?

Mike Trace is currently the Co-Director of the Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme and Chief Executive at RAPT (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust), one of the UK's foremost providers of drug addiction treatment.

December 25, 2007

Ethan Nadelmann - to protect the kids?

Ethan Nadelmann is the executive director of the largest drug policy reform organization in the U.S., the Drug Policy Alliance (www.drugpolicy.org ). Earlier he was a professor at the Princeton University.

December 25, 2007

Mauro Guarinieri - connect drug users to society

Mauro is a well-known Italian AIDS activist who previously worked as a chair of GNP+, an advocate group, and recently works for the International Harm Reduction Development Program of the Open Society Institute.

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