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Kanada. Drug criminalization causing overdose epidemic: lawsuit

The Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs is suing Ottawa, saying laws criminalizing the drugs behind the overdose crisis are unconstitutional.

The suit says criminalization of drugs has created fear among drug users and resulted in stigmatization by family, peers, police, doctors, social services and others. (Times Colonist, Kanada, 10.09.2021)

https://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/drug-criminalization-causing-overdose-epidemic-lawsuit-1.24357093

Irland. Our life, our voice, our say: applying a public sector equality and human rights duty approach to the human rights and equality issues identified by service users of opioid treatment services. 

Community Action Network. (2018), Dublin: Community Action Network. 

https://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/28876/1/our_life_our_voice_our_say_report_final.pdf

USA. The Methadone Manifesto: A Powerful Blow Against the Clinic System

The Methadone Manifesto is a brilliant, badass, long-overdue gut punch to the antiquated US methadone clinic system. Written by members of the Urban Survivors Union’s methadone advocacy and reform team, composed of current and former methadone patients and allies, it centers the voices of methadone users. For anyone unfamiliar with what happens inside clinics, this document will be eye-opening and enraging. (Filter, USA, 12.05.2021)

https://filtermag.org/methadone-manifesto/

USA. The Methadone Manifesto

Call to Action

While methadone is the most effective treatment legally available for those diagnosed with opioid use disorder (OUD) it is the most stigmatized and the most heavily regulated. Methadone significantly reduces the risk of overdose, HIV and HCV infection, and is the only safe supply available to people who use drugs (PWUD) in the United States. Over 1.6 million people meet the criteria for OUD in the U.S. and less than a quarter receive methadone treatment. Even during an adulterant and overdose crisis combined with a COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to experience barriers which keep PWUD from accessing treatment. We are traumatized as we try and access treatment because many people believe we are simply substituting one drug for another. This results in shame and stigma in practices and in the recovery community. We are watching our loved ones die and our community decimated. Our trauma demands this collaborative living document detail the culture of cruelty that continues to shame, stigmatize, and kill. (USU – Urban Survivors Union, April 2021)

https://sway.office.com/UjvQx4ZNnXAYxhe7?ref=Link&mc_cid=9754583648&mc_eid=51fa67f051

We're in this together - All about treatment for opioid dependence from people who have lived it - Client guide

(European Network of People who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD), 30.01.2021)

http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/EuroNPUD-OST-Client-Guide-Int-English.pdf

Solid Exceed: Social work and strengthening NGOs in development cooperation to treat drug addiction.

A jointly developed research program on the influence of social work on the prevention and treatment of drug addiction with the main focus on role of NGOs. (The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Institut für Suchtforschung (ISFF) der Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Excellence Centers for Exchange and Development) and
the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik)

https://solid-exceed.org/

"It's an emotional roller coaster… But sometimes it's fucking awesome": Meaning and motivation of work for peers in overdose response environments in British Columbia. 

Pauly BB, Mamdani Z, Mesley L, McKenzie S, Cameron F, Edwards D, Howell A, Knott M, Scott T, Seguin R, Greer AM, Buxton JA. 

Int J Drug Policy. 2020 Nov 9;88:103015. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.103015. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33176249.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395920303534

1st November 2020: International Drug Users’ Day 

Today is International Drug Users’ Day, where the global community of people who use drugs comes together to celebrate our history and affirm our rights. Twelve years ago today INPUD was formally launched on International Drug Users’ Day by drug user rights activists seeking to create an international platform where members of our community could confidently and proudly advocate for the health and human rights of people who use drugs globally. Every year since, we have marked this day with a celebration of our diverse, vibrant communities’ accomplishments, while also acknowledging our work is more critical than ever. (INPUD - The International Network of People who Use Drugs, 01.11.2020)

https://www.inpud.net/sites/default/files/International%20Drug%20Users%20Day%202020%20Statement.pdf

Kanada. Opioids - A Survivors-Guide

It can be a painful ride getting back to the place where we once were. But it’s possible. All of the people who have written this are now in a place where our lives are in calmer seas, so we created this handbook to share the various ways in which we have found a safe haven. (BC Centre on Substance Use, Kanada, Mai 2019)

https://www.bccsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Opioids-Survivors-Guide.pdf

Kanada. Crackdown: The drug war, covered by drug users as war correspondents.

The ongoing overdose crisis is an unprecedented public health emergency. Thousands are dying while activists and researchers call for urgent change. Government isn’t doing enough to address the crisis, and the media is letting them get away with it. So, we’re making our own media.

CRACKDOWN is a new, monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy and the drug war led by drug user activists and supported by research. Each episode will tell the story of a community fighting for their lives. It’s also about solutions, justice for those we have lost, and saving lives. (crackdownpod.com, Kanada, 2020)

https://crackdownpod.com/

USA. Treatment Action Group - Research in Action Awards

We’re thrilled to welcome you to join us at our annual, and first ever virtual, Research in Action Awards on Thursday, November 19, 2020. At this time of great turmoil and when activism to end infectious disease is more vital than ever, it’s so important to gather virtually to celebrate life, commemorate those we’ve lost, and recognize champions of progress and justice.

HONORING: Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Sharon Stone, Wakefield

https://www.treatmentactiongroup.org/support-us/riaa-2020

Taking Back What's Ours! A documented history of the movement of people who use drugs

From July through September 2020, as part of HIV2020 Online, INPUD and Rights Reporter Foundation released an original ten-part film series - Taking Back What's Ours! An oral history of the movement of people who use drugs - featuring the stories, histories and reflections of drug user advocates around the world. (DRUG REPORTER, UNGARN, 21.09.2020)

https://www.inpud.net/en/taking-back-whats-ours-documented-history-movement-people-who-use-drugs

NA – Narcotics Anonymous – deutschsprachige Region

www.narcotics-anonymous.de

Taking back what's ours: Episode 9. Russia. Georgia and Ukraine

In today’s episode of the oral history of the movement of people who use drugs, we travel to three Eastern-European countries, where activists effectively fight very restrictive drug policies. (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, 31.08.2020)

https://drogriporter.hu/en/taking-back-whats-ours-episode-9-russia-georgia-ukraine/

TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! – Episode 6. Australia and New Zealand

In this episode of the oral history of the movement of people who use drugs, we learn about the successes and challanges in Australia, from four veterans of the user movement. The history of the movement of people who use drugs in Australia is a long and rich one. It is one of the few countries that has funded user organisations for over 30 years now. (DrugReporter, Ungarn, 10.08.2020)

TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! – Episode 6. Australia and New Zealand

Süd-Afrika. TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! – Episode 4. South Africa

Drugreporter and INPUD present the fourth episode of an oral history of the movement of people who use drugs. This time we discover the vibrant user movement in South Africa. (Drug Reporter und INPUD, 27.07.2020, Video, 24:54)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBtjnpgJG7M

USA. The cycle of prison and addiction proves the war on drugs is a tragic, costly mistake

(…) Mothers across the cultural spectrum mourn the loss of their children to an overarching and punitive criminal justice system and incarceration, but dramatically more so in Black communities, where it has become infuriatingly normalized to have a father in prison. African Americans are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of whites.

My two sons struggled for decades with addiction to heroin, although they were born to white privilege. My older son was arrested for possession of marijuana when he was 20 years old, and spent 11 years cycling in and out of prison for nonviolent drug offenses and relapse. He is a survivor of both incarceration and accidental overdose. My younger son was also damaged by criminal justice involvement, which created significant roadblocks to recovery. Both were stigmatizUSA. The cycle of prison and addiction proves the war on drugs is a tragic, costly mistakeed and criminalized, and our family struggled with societal shame, mounting financial pressures and emotional pain. (Gretchen Burns Bergman, co-founder and executive director of 501(c)(3) nonprofit A New PATH and lead organizer of Moms United to End the War on Drugs, The Kansas City Star, USA, 15.97.2020

 

TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! – Episode 3. Germany, Denmark and Norway

Drugreporter and INPUD present the third piece of an oral history of the movement of people who use drugs. This episode is about the achievement of drug user groups in Germany, Denmark and Norway. (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, und INPUD – International Network of People who use Drugs, 20.022020)

https://drogriporter.hu/en/taking-back-whats-ours-3-germany-denmark-norway/

Kanada. TAKING BACK WHAT'S OURS! - Episode 2. Canada (Video)

Drugreporter and INPUD presents the second episode of a 10 chapter long series documenting how people who use drugs around the world have organised and formed collectives and unions to protect and defend the health and human rights of their community. (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, 13.07.2020, Video, 35:09)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIj4qGfhcXo&feature

TAKING BACK WHAT’S OURS! – Episode 1. The Netherlands, Belgium and France

Drugreporter and INPUD presents the first episode of a 10 chapter long series documenting how people who use drugs around the world have organised and formed collectives and unions to protect and defend the health and human rights of their community. The first episode uncovers he history of the movement in the Netherlands, and how it inspired activists in Belgium and France. (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, 06.07.2020)

https://drogriporter.hu/en/taking-back-whats-ours-1-the-netherlands-belgium-france/

Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12‐step programs for alcohol use disorder.

Kelly  JF, Humphreys  K, Ferri  M. 

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD012880. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012880.pub2.

https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD012880.pub2/full

Neuer Cochrane-Review zeigt, dass „Anonyme Alkoholiker“ helfen, eine Alkoholabhängigkeit zu überwinden

Ein am Mittwoch in der Cochrane-Bibliothek erscheinender Cochrane-Review vergleicht das Selbsthilfeprogramm der Anonymen Alkoholiker (AA) und sogenannte Zwölf-Schritte-Förderprogramme, welche die regelmäßige Teilnahme an AA-Sitzungen unterstützen sollen, mit anderen Behandlungen wie der kognitiven Verhaltenstherapie. Die Auswertung von 27 Studien mit mehr als 10.000 Teilnehmern ergab, dass die Teilnahme an AA Alkoholabhängigen wirksamer hilft, auf Dauer abstinent zu bleiben. Dieser Effekt hängt wesentlich von gut geplanten Förderprogrammen ab, welche die dauerhafte Teilnahme an AA-Treffen unterstützen. (Cochrane Deutschland Stiftung (CDS), 11.03.2020)

https://idw-online.de/de/news742972

Kanada. VANDU - Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users

Mission Statement

VANDU is a group of users and former users who work to improve the lives of people who use drugs through user-based peer support and education. VANDU is committed to increasing the capacity of people who use drugs to live healthy, productive lives. VANDU is also committed to ensuring that drug users have a real voice in their community and in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them. (Homepage)

https://vandureplace.wordpress.com/

Integrating medications for opioid use disorder into a 12-step treatment program

Medications for opioid use disorder like buprenorphine/naloxone, often known by the brand name Suboxone, are life-saving, empirically supported interventions. A major barrier to their adoption in residential and other common 12-step-focused programs is the perceived tension between use of these medications – particularly agonists such as methadone and buprenorphine – and the “abstinence-based” 12-step philosophy. The authors of this study show that it is feasible to provide these medications within a 12-step oriented treatment program. They also provide a valuable first look at outcomes for the patients who participated. (Recovery Research Institute, USA, Oktober 2019)

https://www.recoveryanswers.org/research-post/medication-therapy-12-step-integration/

Launch of Injecting Drug User Implementation Tool Training Manual 

INPUD is very excited to launch the Injecting Drug User Implementation Tool Training Manual and accompanying slides.

Developed jointly by UNODC and INPUD, in collaboration with other partners, the guidance document Implementing Comprehensive HIV Programmes with People who Inject Drugs: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions – otherwise known as the Injecting Drug User Implementation Tool (IDUIT) – was published in 2016.  It describes how to implement effective programmes and services for HIV and HCV prevention interventions for and with people who inject drugs.

The training manual is designed to support the roll-out of the IDUIT through capacity building at regional, country or local level. It has been developed to facilitate the work of trainers in organising and delivering training and workshops on the IDUIT to communities of people who use drugs to help them serve their own community in line with the evidence based and human rights-based approaches outlined in the IDUIT, and to interact with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations, including public health and drug policy makers, and harm reduction and HIV programme managers and staff. (INPUD - International Network of People who Use Drugs, Oktober 2019)

https://www.inpud.net/en/launch-injecting-drug-user-implementation-tool-training-manual

What does Universal Health Coverage mean for People who use Drugs: A technical brief 

On 23rd of September, 2019 the United Nations General Assembly will hold a High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The theme of this meeting is “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World” and ostensibly aims to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage. Given the political momentum generated due to the upcoming HLM on UHC, and the potential for country-level action towards realising universal health coverage, it is important for all drug user rights advocates to stay informed. 

This INPUD Technical Brief explains how Universal Health Coverage (UHC) can be both an opportunity and a concern for the health and rights of people who use drugs. (INPUD - International Network of People who Use Drugs, 20.09.2019)

https://www.inpud.net/sites/default/files/Universal%20Health%20Coverage.pdf

Iran/USA. Recovery without borders: The cross-cultural applicability of Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a nonprofessional, 12-step-based mutual–help organization with 70,065 meetings worldwide, of which 27,677 are in the USA. Somewhat surprisingly, Iran has seen the largest increase in NA meetings in the past 10 years. This study conducted a cross-cultural comparison of participation in the two countries with some unexpected results. (Recovery Research Institute, USA, 2019)

https://www.recoveryanswers.org/research-post/narcotics-anonymous-cultural/

Infodigest from ENPUD - July 2019

This is the first issue of the information digest produced by the Eurasian Network of People who use drugs.

The digest provides information about the activities of ENPUD members and updates on developments in activism and the policy landscape in the EECA region. (Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ENPUD, 27.08.2019)

http://fileserver.idpc.net/library/ENPUD_infodigest_july2019_eng.pdf

Wake up - We Are Dying! A Call to Action from People who use Drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day 

On International Overdose Awareness Day, we, as people who use drugs from around the world, demand an end to the death and devastation wrought by the overdose epidemic. Awareness is nothing without concerted political action. 

Our very lives, and the lives of those we love, are the human cost of this deadly war on drugs. All too often, drugs themselves are blamed for claiming so many lives. In reality, we should lay the blame on the architects of the disastrous drug war, the lack of political will to find real solutions, and the societal apathy generated by decades of stigma and discrimination. The combined cost of all this is proving too brutal to bear. Today, as we do every other day, drug user unions and networks call for action. (INPUD - The International Network of People who Use Drugs, 31.08.2019)

https://www.inpud.net/en/wake-we-are-dying-call-action-people-who-use-drugs-international-overdose-awareness-day

USA. National Urban Survivors Union

https://ncurbansurvivorunion.org/