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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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


USA. National Urban Survivors Union


Niederlande. Mainline- Annual report 2018

In 2018 Mainline has worked on the improvement of health and legal empowerment of people who use drugs (PWUD) in the Netherlands and abroad. (Mainline, Niederlande, Mai 2019)


Watch and share the shortlisted films, launched by the Asian Network of People who use drugs. #ChangePerspectives. (ANPUD – Asian Network of People who use Drugs, 2019)


Mainline – It is Mainline's mission to improve the health and rights of people who use drugs.

Mainline provides harm reduction services, training, consultancy and a lifestyle magazine. We work with partner organisations domestically and abroad through various projects. We have been dedicated to the principle of harm reduction, for 28 years. (Mainline, Niederlande, 2019)


Kanada. Heroin Compassion Clubs

A cooperative model to reduce opioid overdose deaths & disrupt organized crime’s role in fentanyl, money laundering & housing unaffordability

BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), Kanada, 2019


Neuseeland/Global. International Indigenous Drug Policy Network Launched 

An international indigenous network for drug law reform was launched yesterday at the international indigenous conference, Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering, in Sydney, Australia. (NZ Drug Foundation, 28.11.2018)


IDUIT (Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs)

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions (the “IDUIT”)

This tool contains practical advice on implementing HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) programmes with people who inject drugs. It is based on recommendations in the WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injecting drug users – 2012 revision and the Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations – 2016 update. (INPUD - International Network of People Who Use Drugs, 2018)


Schweiz. Kooperation zwischen Selbsthilfe und Suchthilfe

Infodrog, die schweizerische Koordinations- und Fachstelle Sucht des Bundesamtes für Gesundheit fördert und unterstützt die Vielfalt, Durchlässigkeit, Vernetzung und Qualität der Angebote in der Suchthilfe und engagiert sich in der Arbeitsgruppe "Nationale Partnerschaften Gemeinschaftliche Selbsthilfe". (infodrog, Schweiz, 2018)


USA. The People’s National Drug User Union: We are Experts! We are Family!

Mission: The Urban Survivor’s Union is a grassroots coalition of drug users(both former and active) dedicated to insuring respect, dignity and social justice for our community. We contest the dominant culture’s misguided attitudes and biases about drug useand drug users.  USU stands for a new direction by centering our programs on putting the drug userfirst and foremost.We believe that efforts to advance our agenda must be guided by democratic principles, and a dedication to diversity.  All USU activities are directed and carried out by drug users (former and active) in order to insure the integrity of our mission and that of the drug user’s movement. (Urban Survivor’s Union, USA, 2018)


Kanada. Coalition of addiction advocates urge federal government to decriminalize opioids

Advocacy groups for drug users assembled in Edmonton this week are urging the federal government to immediately move toward decriminalization of all drugs if they want to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths happening nationwide.

And the pending legalization of cannabis provides a “glimmer of hope” that Ottawa is moving toward a more sensible drug policy, experts say. (The Star, Edmonton/Kanada, 03.10.2018)


Support – don’t punish 2018: Record-breaking Global Day of Action!

Once more, on 26 June 2018, our movement rocked the world! More people, more cities(220+) and more countries(98) than ever joined this worldwide demonstration against the war on drugs.


ANPUD statement: The war on drugs is a war on us - June 26th is the reminder


“People do not lose their human rights because they use or sell drugs”

– UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. (ANPUD – Asian Network of People who use Drugs, 27.06.2018)


The Dope – Online News von EuroNPUD – the european network of people who use drugs

EuroNPUD's 1st Newsletter called The Dope! it will arrive in your inbox every 4-6 weeks with updates on what is happening within the world of drug user activism in the European Union. Has your user Group got any news? Tell us about it! (Juni 2018)


Activism and scientific research: 20 years of community action by the Vancouver area network of drug users

Ehsan Jozaghi,Alissa M. Greer,Hugh Lampkinand Jane A. Buxton

Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy2018, 13:18, doi.org/10.1186/s13011-018-0158-1