According to official statistics the Hungarian man overdosed on Ecstasy – in reality, he was run over by a train.
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.
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.
The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Hungarian Harm Reduction Association organized a training and conference for service providers in Budapest.
Short report on the „needle exchange case”, as appeared in the CEEHRN July news digest.
Civil society groups from around the world denounced the final UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, released after marathon negotiations during the UN High Level meeting on AIDS this week.
HCLU criticises the 2005 report of the INCB because of its negative attitude to harm reduction and decriminalization.
Interview with Josch Steinmetz, the project manager of the largest safe consumption room in Frankfurt. The interview has been bupblished in the Addictologia Hungarica.