Decriminalisation in Portugal: Through the Lens of People who Use Drugs

By István Gábor Takács | December 5, 2022

In this short film we summarise what the community of people who use drugs in Portugal acknowledges about the famous drug policy model of Portugal, but also what they would like to see improved.

NEWS AND FILMS FROM THE FRONTLINE OF THE WAR ON DRUGS SINCE 2004

Ayahuasca Must be Shared with Respect and Responsibility – Interview with Karolina Kordys

By Péter Sárosi | December 2, 2022

Jaroslaw and Karolina Kordys were sentenced to 8 years in prison for leading ayahuasca ceremonies in the Czech Republic – but the president of the republic has announced that he will pardon them. We interviewed Karolina to mark this occasion.

Drugreporter News | 2022 November

By István Gábor Takács | November 24, 2022

In this episode: Two New US States Legalised Cannabis. Colorado Decriminalised the Use of Psychedelics. Key Points of German Cannabis Regulation Leaked to the Press. Italy Bans Raves and Free Parties. Racist Drug War in Brazil. Harm Reduction Advocate Elected to Danish Parliament.

Harm Reduction in Athens – With the Eye of an Outsider

By Péter Sárosi | November 23, 2022

Seven years after our last visit, we returned to Athens to film about harm reduction in Greece, with special regard to the first drug consumption room. Read our article and watch the movie we produced!

THE BLACK INITIATIVE: Fighting Brazil’s Racist Drug War

By István Gábor Takács | November 9, 2022

The war on drugs is an instrument of racism, which incites violence and hinders democratic development in Brazil. Watch our new short documentary to find out how the first black civil society organization, Iniciativa Negra, takes up the fight against this war on people.

How Will Czechia Legalise Cannabis?

By Péter Sárosi | October 19, 2022

The Czech Republic is the first country in Central-Eastern Europe that announced to make the non-medical use of cannabis legal. In this episode of Drugreporter Café, we present an interview with Jindrich Voboril, the National Drug Coordinator, who explained us how they will regulate the legal market.

The Hypocrisy of Shaming the Finnish Prime Minister

By Péter Sárosi | August 19, 2022

There has been a media outcry about a leaked video in which the Finnish Prime Minister is partying with her friends. She is now accused of using cocaine. This whole scandal is a textbook example of what’s wrong with our attitudes to young people and drugs.

Monthly drug policy news update

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.

Our award winning animated documentary 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. The hand drawn animation film was awarded the Best Short Documentary award at the Madrid Film and Human Rights Festival and the Best Documentary award of the 65th Hungarian National Independent Film festival in 2020. Click here for the official web page.

...our most popular short docs:

Metzineres: From Survival to Fighting Back

Metzineres provides a safe haven for womxn who use drugs who are also surviving violence in Barcelona. They are not passive victims to be rescued – we can learn a lot from them about community empowerment. Watch our new video produced together with INPUD!

InSite – Not Just Injecting, But Connecting

InSite is an injecting site – and so much more. Watch our movie and learn why the Canadian government should not shut it down!

Crossings – Stories of Migrant Sex Workers

Crossings is a sex-worker produced documentary about the effects of criminalisation on migrant sex workers in Europe and the powerful ways of their resistance. Produced in cooperation between Drugreporter and ICRSE.

Crackdown on Civil Society – The Movie

This film – produced by the Rights Reporter Foundation, supported by AFEW International – features activists and civil society organisations who are being increasingly targeted by repressive governments in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The movie presents a story of oppression, resistance and survival seen through the eyes of human rights defenders.

DYING A SLOW DEATH: Inside Indonesia’s Drug War

PKNI and Drugreporter launch their new documentary film in 4 cities across Indonesia ahead of World AIDS Day 2015. Watch and share the film to end the war on drugs in Indonesia!

The War on Drugs in Mexico: Is There an Alternative?

Drugreporter's video advocacy team travelled to Mexico in 2010 to film about the negative consequences of the war on drugs campaign launched by President Felipe Calderon in 2006. When we first entered the country, the number of people killed in the war was approaching 40,000. Today, the death toll is approximately 60,000.

The Gendered Impacts of the War on Drugs

How does the war on drugs affect women? Is it really so different from how it affects men? Our knowledge was very limited before we interviewed the participants of an international workshop in Budapest. Please watch our video report and read our article!

DR. ZEE – THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED MEPHEDRONE

Watch our video interview with the man who discovered Mephedrone, the drug also known as Meow-Meow!

After the War on Drugs

How will a post-prohibition world look like? – Learn from our video!

Peer2Peer – Reinforcing Peers’ Involvement in Outreach Work

Who are peers? Why is the involvement of peers crucial in service provision to people who use drugs and are in need? This short movie documents a study visit to Amsterdam and Antwerp, two cities with a long history of peer involvement.

HepaGo – Supporting people living on the streets during the pandemic

This unique program supports people who use drugs and sex workers who live or work on the streets during the COVID-19 pandemic in Budapest. One of their main goals is to help people get into Hepatitis C treatment. Watch our video and find out how!

ROOM IN THE 8th DISTRICT – Campaign Report

Read a report about our campaign for opening supervised injection sites in Budapest – and watch our campaign movie with English subtitles!

Abuse in the Name of Treatment – Drug Detention Centers in Asia

There are hundreds of thousands of people kept in compulsory drug detention centers in Vietnam, China, Thailand and Laos. It is easy to get in to one of these centers. Some people enter voluntarily in the hope of kicking their drug habit, others are sent there by their families who pay for their “treatment”; but in some cities, it often happens that the military police just collect street children, drug users, sex workers and other groups on the street.

Paving the Way

The legal regulation of marijuana is not sci-fi any more: the potential models of legalization are here. Watch Drugreporter's 2010 video on Harborside, an outstanding medical marijuana center in Oakland, California.

Take Home Naloxone – The Right to Survive Overdoses

Watch Drugreporter's 2010 video on Naloxone prescription, the best way to fight opiate overdoses.

This 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. But these people are not defined by their drug use.

"The film gives us an astonishingly intimate look at the lives, tribulations and inspiring resilience of drug using human beings." Gabor Maté M.D."

 

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The Wall of Shame – Why crack consumption rooms are needed in Paris

In the last 3 decades marginalized people who use crack in Paris have been chased from one public park to the other by the police. Recently the police even built a wall to block the users from the rest of society. This new documentary explores the history of crack in Paris, and amplifies the voices of experts and residents who call for a better solution: safe crack consumption rooms.

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.

The Narcofeminism Storyshare Model

Watch and listen to womxn who are sharing their stories about pregnancy, parenting and drug use. These stories represent truth and courage and act as a testament to the power of the Narco Feminism story share model. Drugreporter produced this short documentary film together with the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) and the North Carolina Urban Survivors Union (NCUSU).

NONEXISTENT? WE EXIST!

The documentary tells the story of how the members of the most vulnerable communities affected by the HIV epidemic, such as drug users, sex workers, and LGBTQ people, struggle for survival and dignity in a hostile cultural and political environment. Through their eyes, it shows the successes and challenges civil society organisations face when they implement HIV prevention, treatment, and care services in 7 Russian cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Naberezhnye Chelny, Almetyevsk, Kazan and Kaliningrad.

Episode 1. The Netherlands, Belgium and France

Drugreporter and INPUD presents the first episode of a 10 chapter long series documenting how people who use drugs around the world have organised and formed collectives and unions to protect and defend the health and human rights of their community. The first episode uncovers he history of the movement in the Netherlands, and how it inspired activists in Belgium and France.

Episode 2. Canada

Drugreporter and INPUD present the second episode of an oral history of the movement of people who use drugs. The second chapter is about Canada, featuring Ann Livingston, Zoë Dodd and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) team.

Episode 3. Germany, Denmark and Norway

Drugreporter and INPUD present the third instalment of an oral history of the movement of people who use drugs. This episode is about the achievement of drug user groups in Germany, Denmark, and Norway.

TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! – Episode 4. South Africa

Drugreporter and INPUD present the fourth episode of an oral history of the movement of people who use drugs. This time we discover the vibrant user movement in South Africa.

Episode 5. United States of America.

Activists from the United States look back on the history of the movement of people who use drugs in the fifth episode of the documentary series produced by INPUD and Drugreporter.

Episode 6. Australia and New Zealand

The history of the movement of people who use drugs in Australia is a long and rich one. It is one of the few countries that has funded user organisations for over 30 years now.

Episode 7. Asia

Despite criminalisation, torturous forced labour camps, capital punishment, and state sanctioned murder of people who use drugs, the movement of people who use drugs in Asia remains strong and resilient. Watch the new episode of our series telling the oral history of the movement of people who use drugs in Asian countries!

Episode 8. Afghanistan, Tanzania and Mexico

In this episode of the oral history of the movement of people who use drugs, we introduce three countries with new and emerging user movements: Afghanistan, Tanzania, and Mexico.

Episode 9. Russia, Georgia and Ukraine

In today’s episode of the oral history of the movement of people who use drugs, we travel to three Eastern European countries, where activists fight very restrictive drug policies.

Episode 10. The United Kingdom and the International Network of People who Use Drugs

In the final episode of our documentary series on the history of the rights movement of people who use drugs, we introduce activists from the UK and from the International Network of People Who Use Drugs.

Russian language videos on drug policy, harm reduction and human rights.

NONEXISTENT? WE EXIST!

This documentary is about the communities of people living with HIV in Russia. It tells the story of how the members of the most vulnerable communities affected by the HIV epidemic, such as drug users, sex workers, and LGBTQ people, struggle for survival and dignity in a hostile cultural and political environment. Visit the official page for more info!

The Maternity Hospital as a Place of Punishment:

Pregnancy and the birth of a child is a bright, big, and important event. It’s about the laws of the universe and love. But, in the opinion of many medical professionals, women living with drug addiction in Ukraine have no right to it. If you choose to inject, you deserve to die.

Video news on drug policy and harm reduction in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Episode #1

DUNews, together with Talking Drugs, presents the first episode of Drug Policy and Harm Reduction News from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In it, we bring you up to date on important developments in our countries and give the floor to experts for comment. We will be publishing these video newsletters on a regular basis.

Ivan Anoshkin. Survivor

Ivan Anoshkin’s life is a chronicle of the state’s crimes against human beings and his path to strength, truth, and freedom.

MEETINGS WITH NICE PEOPLE. ALEXEY KURMANAEVSKII

Alexei Kurmanaevsky, an activist and human rights activist, emigrated from Russia to Israel four years ago. Alexei Kurmanaevsky is known to everyone in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was always in the public eye, but disappeared after he moved to Israel. We did not manage to arrange an interview with him for a long time. And just recently he wrote that he was ready to talk.

People by Right

The lives of people who use drugs mean death, prison, disease, stigma and discrimination, lack of access to treatment and employment, destroyed families, and children taken away. This is the story of human rights activists and RuNPUD (Russian Speaking Network of People Who Use Drugs) from the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region, from the series of “People by Right” videos.

TARGETS

The film ‘Targets’ is a story about the women in Ukraine who are branded as “drug addicts” and who are being destroyed by the state today. These women are targets, and a real war is being waged against them. The film is an attempt to understand why this is happening and what needs to be done to stop these deaths.

Sergiu the Protector

Sergiu Grimalski is a person to whom thousands of people from all over the world owe their freedom, health, and life. For 16 years he has walked the streets of Berlin with a backpack on his shoulders, helping the people who are most marginalised – drug users and sex workers.

Road 184

“Road 184” is a movie about the Estonian Community of People who Use Psychotropic Substances, LUNEST, the first officially registered Estonian organization that protects the rights of drug users. Today, LUNEST unites people who speak different languages and have different citizenship, as well as those who do not have any citizenship in Estonia.

Browse videos produced by members of our international activist videographer network. Many of them are alumni of our video advocacy and media training courses.

Narcotisation and Authoritarianism

Activists from Legalize Belarus published this important advocacy documentary, about the war on drugs in Belarus.

SHIFTS: Individual Narratives

SHIFTS: Individual Narratives: How much does the general public actually know about psychoactive substances and how these are used in their own communities? To check it out for themselves, NoBox went to two known universities in the Philippines and asked young university students questions about drugs and the people involved with them.

Reaching the Unreached

Reaching the Unreached: This documentary shows the experiences of outreach workers and peers in providing critical connections to prevention, treatment, and care to people who use drugs and sex workers in remote Sagaing villages in North West Myanmar. Produced by Drugreporter’s video advocacy alumni, Ko Si Thu Aung.

Psychedelics and Mental Health in the COVID-Era

Psychedelics and Mental Health in the COVID-Era: Psychedelics, mental health, COVID-19, and our drug laws: The Silent Pandemic and the search for innovation in the treatment of mental health problems. Please read this article by Beatrix Vas – and watch the movie they produced about research on psychedelics!

Boosters – (Not so) New Drugs in Poland

Boosters – (Not so) New Drugs in Poland: The members of Drugreporter’s video advocacy network produced a movie about the new generation of synthetic drugs that conquered Poland in 2008 – and are still popular.

Chemsex and the City

On the occasion of the Global Day of Action of the Suport. Don’t Punish campaign, during Pride month, Re Generation organised a screening of the film “Chem-Sex and the city” in Belgrade. The film was produced with the support of the Drugreporter Video Advocacy Network. Watch the video and read Irena Molnar’s report!

Overdose – Situation in Montenegro

This short movie, produced by a member of our video advocacy network, gives an insight into overdose prevention in a small Southern-Eastern European country, Montenegro.

Petr’s Journey

A new movie produced by the alumni of our video training, tells the story of Petr, a 50 years old man from Prague, who lost his leg, his has no home, no job – but his has now hope to change his life with the help of opiate substitution treatment.

Harm Reduction Challenge in Slovakia

Watch the video of Odyseus C.A., member of the Drugreporter video network, about the harm reduction situation in Slovakia with a brief outlook to the Czech Republic.

Jakarta’s Crystal Injustice

This is the story of Maulana who was caught and tortured by the Indonesian police for possessing a small amount of crystal meth. Watch the video of Yohan Misero (LBH Masyarakat), member of the Drugreporter video network!

Anyone’s Child: Mwana and Fatuma

A story from Anyone’s Child Kenya about a mourning mother and sister. Watch the latest video of Anyone’s Child Campaign and Cara Lavan supported by the Drugreporter.

Netti’s Story: A Pregnant Woman’s Journey in the Healthcare System in Berlin

Our new film features the story of Netti, her son Sam, and their experience with services for pregnant women who use drugs in Berlin.

Now and Then – Psychedelic Science 2017

How does the first wave of psychedelic research and science from the 1940s and 50s compare to what is ongoing today worldwide? 2017 saw the biggest international psychedelic conference that has ever taken place. Watch the video produced by the Mexican members of our global video network!

Without Shift: Harm Reduction After Global Fund in Serbia

Serbia stopped being eligible for funding from the Global Fund, which resulted in the closure of harm reduction programs around the country. Our movie gives you a glimpse of the desperate situation faced by injecting drug users in Serbia, and also explores the consequences of the closure of needle exchange programs in Belgrade, whilst trying to assess the current situation in the country!

Cannabis in Italy: Between Criminalisation and Legalisation

“The question is no longer whether cannabis will be legalized, but when.” Watch this 3 minutes animated video clip produced by a member of our global video network, CILD, explaining why cannabis should be legalized in Italy!

People Who Use Drugs Clean-up Their Neighbourhood In Slovakia

“We wanted to show to the whole neighbourhood that people who use drugs are not indifferent and have a great power to do great things. It is only a matter of opportunity.” Odysseus, a Slovakian harm reduction NGO uses video advocacy to reach out local communities.

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.

Fight HIV, Not Drug Users!

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

DRUG POLICY ADVOCACY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

Harm Reduction in Athens – With the Eye of an Outsider

By Péter Sárosi | November 23, 2022

Seven years after our last visit, we returned to Athens to film about harm reduction in Greece, with special regard to the first drug consumption room. Read our article and watch the movie we produced!

How Will Czechia Legalise Cannabis?

By Péter Sárosi | October 19, 2022

The Czech Republic is the first country in Central-Eastern Europe that announced to make the non-medical use of cannabis legal. In this episode of Drugreporter Café, we present an interview with Jindrich Voboril, the National Drug Coordinator, who explained us how they will regulate the legal market.

The Hypocrisy of Shaming the Finnish Prime Minister

By Péter Sárosi | August 19, 2022

There has been a media outcry about a leaked video in which the Finnish Prime Minister is partying with her friends. She is now accused of using cocaine. This whole scandal is a textbook example of what’s wrong with our attitudes to young people and drugs.

In this section Drugreporter provides regular updates about resources and news on how harm reduction service providers respond to the COVID-19 Epidemic.