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Berlin. БерЛУН. Люди, Желающие Перемен / BerLUN. People Who Want Change

Спокойный атмосферный фильм о людях из пост-советских стран, которые посвятили свою жизнь активизму в сфере снижения вреда, но по тем или иным причинам были вынуждены покинуть свои страны. Всех их приютил и собрал вместе Берлин - город разнообразия и свободы. Организация русскоязычных потребителей наркотиков Берлина - БерЛУН - молодая инициативная группа, объединившая, однако, людей уникальных, опытных и очень разных при этом. Лариса Соловьева из российского Калиниграда занималась защитой прав наркопотребителей в своем городе, но, став жертвой репрессивной системы, была вынуждена уехать в Германию, спасаясь от пожизненного срока.   Как говорит сам Михаил Хор - активист из Беларуси -  о своем призвании: “В жизни наступает момент, когда ты понимаешь что нужно что-то менять. Это еще не активизм, но первый шаг на пути к нему.”

This is a calm, atmospheric film about people from post-Soviet countries who devoted their lives to activism in the field of harm reduction, but for one reason or another were forced to leave their countries. All of them were sheltered and brought together in Berlin, a city of diversity and freedom. The organization of Russian-speaking drug users in Berlin, BerLUN is a young initiative group that unites unique, experienced and very different people at the same time. Larisa Solovieva from Kaliningrad, Russia was involved in the protection of the rights of drug users in her city, but after becoming a victim of a repressive system, she was forced to leave for Germany, fleeing from life imprisonment. Mikhail Khor is an activist from Belarus. This is how he himself says about his vocation: "In life there comes a time when you understand that you need to change something. This is not yet activism, but the first step towards it". (Drug Users News, Ungarn, 05.03.2018)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=j80tn0zbPsw

Open letter on the UNODC/WHO International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

We, the undersigned civil society organisations working at the national, regional and international level on issues related to drug use, drug treatment, harm reduction and drug policies, are writing to you today regarding the joint UNODC and WHO publication entitled International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders.

The ‘Draft for Field Testing’ of this document (March 2017) raises serious concerns and contains significant omissions and misrepresentations. We request your urgent action to prevent these Standards being released in their current state. (Unterzeichnet von 188 Organisationen, 08.03.2018)

http://www.inpud.net/sites/default/files/2018-03%20CSO%20Letter%20on%20the%20International%20Standards%20FINAL.pdf

Representing the Interests of People who Use Drugs in Europe

https://www.euronpud.net/

The CND is Dying – Time to put People who use drugs, evidences and Human Rights at the center of the response.

Bikas Gurung and Rajiv Kafle, ANPUD, März 2018

The 61st session of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) was held from March 12-16, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. It was a disappointment like any of the last sixty sessions. It has become an automated session that follows the same algorithm in which member states would come, present usual blah blah blah, praise for their stupid accomplishments on drugs seizures, field eradications and compulsory rehab programs rather than introduction to right-based programmes/policies and lives saved.

The world is far more progressive or regressive than the CND deliberations – but it is not what member states are allowed to see, hear and speak. It reminded us of Gandhi’s three monkeys – See no evil, Hear no evil and Speak no evil.

In 2009, the WHO, UNODC and UNAIDS technical guide recommended a comprehensive package of interventions for the prevention, treatment and care of HIV among people who inject drugs – widely known as comprehensive harm reduction package. In 2016, Harm Reduction International (HRI) reported that 90 countries implemented needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) to some degree and 80 had at least one opioid substitution programme (OST) in place.[1] Worldwide, at least 20 countries have allowed cannabis for medicinal purposes; some more of them have introduced decriminalization for possession of cannabis for personal use;[2] few have already introduced a regulated cannabis industry; and few have decriminalized all forms of drugs for personal use. The first thing anyone attending the CND would notice is that the CND does not resonate these facts – no mentioning of “harm reduction”, “medicinal cannabis” or “decriminalization”.

http://www.anpud.org/the-cnd-is-dying-people-who-use-drugs-evidence-and-human-rights/

As a community based network, we represent people who use drugs, including women who use and inject drugs, and advocate for issues pertinent to us in the Asia region.

http://www.anpud.org/

“They accept me, because I was one of them”: formative qualitative research supporting the feasibility of peer-led outreach for people who use drugs in Dakar, Senegal

Camille May Stengel, Famara Mane, Andrew Guise, Magath Pouye, Monika Sigrist and Tim Rhodes

Harm Reduction Journal, 2018, 15:9, doi.org/10.1186/s12954-018-0214-1

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12954-018-0214-1

Kanada. Vancouver drug users take to the street to demand decriminalization

Amidst an opioid overdose crisis that has killed a record number of Canadians, activists call for drastic changes to federal drug laws. (Metro News, Toronto, 20.02.2018)

http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2018/02/20/vancouver-drug-users-demand-decriminalization.html

Last week, a record-breaking 205 cities in 93 countries joined the Support Don’t Punish campaign’s ‘Global Day of Action’. Activists, members of affected communities and allies joined a wonderfully-broad range of events and activities around the globe to decry the harmful, anachronistic, policies that structure the harmful war on drugs. (supportdontpunish.org, 06.07.2017)

http://supportdontpunish.org/2017/thousands-unite-to-demand-an-end-to-the-war-on-drugs/

Kanada. CAPUD – Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs

http://capud.ca/

Today, on the 26th of June, activists from all over the world are taking action against global drug prohibition under the "Support. Don't Punish" slogan. Please read our interview with the coordinator of the campaign, Jamie Bridge, who is a senior policy and operations manager at the International Drug Policy Consortium! (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, 25.06.2017)

http://drogriporter.hu/en/jamie

USA. Drug Users Are Forming Unions To Protect Their Rights And Safety

Self-organized groups of opioid users are working together to stay alive and fight the stigma of drug use -- even if they’re not trying to quit.

With 287 members divided into chapters around New England, NEUU is one of several unions of drug users around the country. Like labor unions, tenant unions and many other counterparts, drug user unions operate on the premise that people facing a common problem should work together to fight the systems that perpetuate it. (Huffington Post, UK, 19.12.2017)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/drug-user-unions_us_5a257c26e4b03350e0b86c00

The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse organized, for the first time, the global Forum on alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours (FADAB) with the primary goal of enhancing public health actions in these areas by strengthening partnerships and collaboration among public health oriented organizations, networks and institutions in the era of Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDG 2030). International Drug Policy Consortium, Harm Reduction International and International Network of People Who Use Drugs issued a joint statement at the forum. (IDPC - International Drug Policy Consortium, 26.06.2017)

http://idpc.net/alerts/2017/06/who-forum-on-alcohol-drugs-and-addictive-behaviours-statement-on-behalf-of-idpc-hri-and-inpud#.WVH3GDSfWsJ.email

The IDUIT Brief Guide for People who Use Drugs

People who use drugs are heavily affected by HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and tuberculosis (TB) and are often neglected in countries’ and cities’ responses to the epidemics. There are effective means to prevent and treat HIV, HCV and TB among people who use drugs, but resources (financial, human and material) are often not adequately invested to make them accessible. The reasons for this are multifaceted and include criminalization, stigma, discrimination and denial of basic human rights to people who use drugs. This IDUIT Brief Guide for People who Use Drugs is intended to outline the key concepts of Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programs with People who Inject Drugs: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions (the IDUIT) related to prevention, treatment and empowerment with regard to HIV and HCV, and point to how activists and professionals from among the community of people who use drugs might promote better policy and practice. (INPUD - International Network of People Who Use Drugs, 2017)

http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/The-IDUIT-Brief-Guide-for-PUDs-Online.pdf

The harms caused by the war on drugs can no longer be ignored. It’s time to leave behind harmful politics, ideology and prejudice.

http://supportdontpunish.org/

VANCOUVER -- Had Al Fowler known more about his rights before enrolling in British Columbia's methadone treatment program in 2010, he may have avoided what he describes as a two-year "horror-show" while living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Fowler says the stigma and exploitation he experienced is part of what inspired him to co-author a handbook on how to navigate the province's opioid-substitution therapy program.

(...) Bill Nelles, a retired addiction counsellor based on Vancouver Island, said the handbook attempts to show the provincial government that people in drug-recovery programs want to be involved in matters that concern them.

"You may have heard, 'Nothing about us without us,' " said Nelles, who has been on a methadone program for 40 years. "But we're not there yet." (ctvnews.ca, Kanada, 15.02.2017)

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/b-c-methadone-patients-pen-guide-for-users-of-opioid-substitution-program-1.3286115

Kanada: Patients Helping Patients Understand Opioid Substitution Treatment

This handbook is the result of the dedicated work of a group of patients who all have many years of experience with medication-assisted treatments for opioid dependence. The need for, and desire to produce, such a handbook was repeatedly expressed in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations on opioid substitution treatment (OST) organized by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC at the request of the BC Ministry of Health beginning in 2013. In 2016 the Ministry of Health provided resources to support a group of patients to undertake the work of writing this handbook and the Centre for Addictions Research of BC provided coordinating and editing support. (Centre for Addictions Research of BC, 2017)

https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/carbc/assets/docs/ost-patient.pdf

The 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. All of them have their unique personalities, stories, and social networks. And the environment in which they live, the attitudes they face, the laws that regulate drug use, and the health services available to them have an enormous impact on their lives. This film is not only about drug users - it was also produced by drug users. It strives to challenge our common myths and preconceptions about drugs and the people who use them. It gives a voice to those representing one of the most marginalised communities of our world, to tell stories untold about hate, love, suffering, and happiness. It shows how they engage in social activism to break the silence and fight the stigma that shadows their days. (Drug Reporter, 05.06.2017, Video, 1:25:54)

http://drogriporter.hu/en/adayinthelifemovie

Bridging the Gaps is a strategic partnership with and funded by Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

http://www.hivgaps.org/