Chronic underfunding led to a drastic decision: the largest needle and syringe program operated by the NGO ARAS in Bucharest had to close down in February. Read this report from Alina Bocai, Programme Director at ARAS.
A citizens’ initiative in Finland aiming to decriminalise cannabis gathered the required 50,000 signatures at the end of 2019. Read this article by a Finnish activist, Aleksi Hupli!
Our Just Say Know video series aim to educate the public about drugs, drug polices and harm reduction in a simple, easy-to-understand way, using the power of video advocacy and social media networks.
KOSTYA PROLETARSKY: Our award winning animated documentary movie is based on the original audio recording of Kostya Proletarsky, a drug user and HIV activist who died as a result of mistreatment and torture at a Russian prison. Animation and design by Lili Rontó. Directed and Edited by István Gábor Takács. Narrated by Anya Sarang. Festival appearances, news and resources are available here!
TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS: Drugreporter and INPUD produced this documentary film series that aims to document how the movement of people who use drugs have formed around the world, how they maintain momentum and mobilise, and how they undertake their work and show resilience in a context of criminalisation, marginalisation and oppression.
A DAY IN THE LIFE: THE WORLD OF HUMANS WHO USE DRUGS The film takes us through one day in the life of eight people, from seven cities, in seven different countries of the world, from morning until night. They all have something in common – all of them use drugs. “The film gives us an astonishingly intimate look at the lives, tribulations and inspiring resilience of drug using human beings.” Gabor Maté M.D.
The new opinion paper adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for less law enforcement and more health and human rights in the new EU Drugs Strategy.
The thematic working group on civil society involvement of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs, an expert group of the EU Commission, conducted this review of literature on meaningful civil society involvement in the field of drug policy.