The war on drugs is a war on us: Bullets, Wrong Policies and SILENCE

Our people have not only been killed by bullets, they have been killed by the wrong drug laws and policies, and they continue to be killed by the SILENCE of those who could have influenced to end these atrocities.

Diversity in Unity – #WeAreHERE

Where the world is uniting for the empowerment of young girls and women, there is one group in particular that is left out – women who use drugs (WUD). Sadly it is true that we are not recognized, heeded and meaningfully involved even in the broader women’s movement.

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

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 the Gandhi’s three monkeys – See no evil, Hear no evil and Speak no evil. It is time to put people who use drugs, evidence and human rights at the center.

“Naloxone not a controlled substance, we encourage its access to prevent overdose” – said INCB

On March 16, 2018, an Informal NGO Dialogue with the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) was held during the 61st session on the Commission of Narcotics Drugs (CND). INCB President Dr. Viroj Sumyai, in his response to a question posed by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) pointed out reasons to promote access to Naloxone.

Why so much discrimination against People who Use Drugs?

One of the unintended consequences of international drug control is the way we perceive and deal with the users of drugs that have been made illegal. A system appears to have been created in which those who fall into the web of dependence find themselves excluded and marginalized from the social mainstream, tainted with a moral stigma, and often unable to find treatment, even when they may be motivated to want it.

We don’t deserve bullet

Anand spoke along with five other panelists at a session titled “Dying Democracy: A Public Forum on the War on Drugs and Human Rights in the Philippines” that was organized by the Advocacy Network Against Killings in the Philippines (ANAK) on October 5, 2017 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok.

Dolutegravir and other INSTIs

A systematic review and meta-analysis, conducted to inform the new World Health Organization (WHO) Consolidated Guidelines, found Dolutegravir superior to standard dose Efavirenz for both viral suppression and discontinuation rates.

The Social Construct of Drug Use

The whole point of criminalizing drug use is to stigmatize drug users. Consider why particular acts are seen as crimes in the first place.

Key Population Hero: Human rights for drug users in Nepal

We want to change society’s perception of drug users by empowering them to lead noble and productive lives and to contribute to society.

UN initiatives in support of harm reduction

A number of high-level dialogues and initiatives have been commissioned by UN organizations to examine and address legal and political barriers to the provision and scaling up of harm reduction related to HIV and drug use.