“Our stories have a lot more to offer than how we have been painted for decades”: ANPUD releases 11 short films that can change your perspective

ANPUD has released 11 short films that are developed around issues of people who use drugs, particularly in the countries in South and Southeast Asian regions. The short films were part of “ANPUD Short Films Competition 2018” that was launched in July 2018 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of ANPUD.

Thailand amends drug law to reduce penalties and ensure more proportionate sentencing

On November 24, 2016, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the adoption of new amendments to Thailand’s Narcotics Act.

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.