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.
In this episode:
- Medication in hand. Georgia is back to dispensing opioid substitution drugs for five days.
- Marijuana can wait. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted against the medical cannabis bill, the so-called “Law for Sophia.”
- Self-directed. DUNews in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus began a series of training sessions on how to use video for activists in the community of people who use.
- Seize and Punish. Lawyer Timur Madatov, in his column for Radio Liberty, argues that the tonnes of seized drugs in Russia have no effect on anything.
- Criminals or the sick. INPUD (International Network of People Who Use Drugs) has prepared a report in which it tries to figure out whether decriminalisation of drugs is actually so good.
- Pension for drug use. DUNews filmed an interview with Russian activist Alexei Kurmanaevsky, who emigrated to Israel four years ago.
- And finally – Opium in every home. There were thousands of families legally growing opium poppy in Kyrgyzstan until 1974.
If something interesting is happening in your country in the field of drug policy and harm reduction, write to us, we’ll be sure to report on it!
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