The first video in our Just Say Know series explains what drugs are and how they affect our bodies and mind.
Harm reduction is a pragmatic and compassionate approach to people who use licit and illicit drugs. As a principle it is applied in several other areas of life, for example when you fasten your seat-belts in a car to reduce the risk of injuries. Policies and services based on harm reduction respect the dignity and freedom of human beings and help them to stay healthy and alive even if they choose to continue using drugs. A very obvious example is to distribute clean needles among people who use drugs to prevent hepatitis C and HIV infections. Harm reduction programs should be part of an integrated social and healthcare system. But harm reduction is much more than just a set of services - it is a movement for freedom and social justice applied in the field of drug policy. Drugreporter is a chronicle of this movement.
In Portugal, Harm Reduction plays a crucial role when the needs of people who use drugs are at play but there are still a lot to advocate for. Article by Ximene Rego from APDES (Portugal).
The main problem with drug prevention is the same as it is with sex education: it ignores the elephant in the room that is pleasure.
The Drugreporter team filmed several sessions at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last week – please watch a selection of videos!
Our team will attend the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam from 23rd of July to 27th of July. Together with DUnews, we will organise film sessions, live stream interviews with activists and present about video advocacy – please visit us at the Drugreporter booth in the Eastern Europe Central Asia Networking Zone!
An online study – conducted by Drugreporter – of more than 1100 Hungarian students revealed that there are serious problems with drug prevention in schools. It is provided mostly by police officers with outdated methods, focuses on scare tactics, and does not include much interaction with students.
Bucharest will host the 4th European Harm Reduction Conference in November 2018. We interviewed Nicoleta Dascalu, a project manager working for the Romanian Anti-AIDS Association (ARAS) about the harm reduction situation in her country.
Our new film features the story of Netti, her son Sam, and their experience with services for pregnant women who use drugs in Berlin.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called civil society organisations to contribute to its report on the implementation of the UNGASS Outcome Document, adopted in New York in 2016. We have sent a submission about how closing down harm reduction services violated human rights in Hungary – read it below!
In cooperation with Dialogs, a Latvian harm reduction NGO, we have produced a movie about drug policies in Latvia – mainly for a Latvian audience, to educate them about why people who use drugs need support and not punishment.