Dr. Bijan Nassirimanesh is a medical doctor, one of the founders of Persepolis, the first NGO providing needle exchange service in Iran.
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.
Milena Naydenova is an active drug user, founding member of a user group in Bulgaria and a member of the Internal Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), www.inpud.org
Stijn is the head of the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), more info: www.inpud.org
Report from the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, New Orleans.
Trends, challanges and barriers.
According to official statistics the Hungarian man overdosed on Ecstasy – in reality, he was run over by a train.
HCLU is now represented at two major decision making forums in the field of drug policy.
The media monitoring and mistake correcting program has been awarded in Wienna last week.
Sam Sullivan, Mayor of Vancouver speaks about drug addiction as a management issue at the DPA Conference, New Orleans.
HCLU won a Freedom of information lawsuit against the Hungarian Ministry of Health for withholding a position paper on the dangerousness of illicit substances. After receiving the document HCLU issued a comprehensive study as a critique.