JUNE 2007 • Issue 5
Drug User Activist Sites, Videos, Writings and Artwork
Video interviews with INPUD activists at the 18th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm in Warsaw, produced by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Black Poppy Magazine, and Dinamo Brasil.
Asian Harm Reduction Network
Rich with photos, news, reports on the effectiveness of harm reduction, and other resources, including a regional events calendar and documents on related topics.
The Spring 2003 issue of The Positive Side, from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE), features an essay by HIV and hepatitis C positive activist Chantale Perron about her personal journey from injecting heroin to her much-preferred daily methadone treatment; why drug user organizing is so important; and how recovery, domestic violence, and harm reduction providers can better serve women. For a PDF version that includes profiles of HIV positive women drug users who work in AIDS and harm reduction services, click here, scroll down to “Sex, Drugs & HIV” and click on “PDF” to the left.
Niz – Making Smart Into Cool
Artwork at the Conscious Art Gallery by the creator of Junkphood, a zine for at-risk drug users that included poetry, artwork, and interviews along with public health information about preventing HIV and hepatitis and was distributed at the Drop-In Center in Santa Cruz, California.
Speech by Paisan Suwannawong, director of the Thai Treatment Action Group (TTAG), at the International AIDS Conference in Bangkok in 2004. Beginning with his personal story as a drug user living with HIV, Paisan denounces the killings of thousands of drug users as part of Thailand’s war on drugs.
Reports, Papers and Scientific Research
The March 2007 issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy is free to the public and is packed with analyses about the current state of the harm reduction movement. Of particular interest for drug user organizing is a commentary by N. Stafford, “Using words: The harm reduction conception of drug use and drug users.” Visit the site and go to the March 2007 issue.
Scientific research by the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS on the effectiveness of Insite, Vancouver’s safe injection site, at reducing the harm associated with injection drug use to individuals and the community.
The 2006 report of the Independent Working Group on Drug Consumption Rooms offers evidence from projects around the world that drug consumption rooms (also called safe injection sites) save lives, and recommends that pilot programs be introduced in the United Kingdom.
Closed to Reason: The International Narcotics Control Board and HIV/AIDS: a 2007 report by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Open Society Institute about how the section of the United Nations in charge of ensuring that countries comply with UN drug conventions blocks harm reduction programs around the world and gets in the way of UN efforts to fight AIDS.
The Rise of Harm Reduction in the Islamic Republic of Iran (PDF). A July 2005 briefing paper from the Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme.
Syringe Exchange in Prisons: The International Experience, a report from the Harm Reduction Coalition, January 2007.
Links en Español
“La Reducción del Daño” at InfoRed SIDA explains harm reduction in theory and practice.
“Servicios a Usuarios de Drogas: Haciendo una Diferencia en Muchas Vidas” by José-María Medellín, from Body Positive, Summer 2005, profiles three harm reduction service programs in New York City.
“Reducción de daños en usuarios de drogas en latinoamérica: dificil, posible y necesario” by Silvia Inchaurraga, director of the Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Drogadependencias y SIDA (CEADS) at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario and president of the Harm Reduction Association of Argentina (ARDA). The article includes an excellent bibliography.
Uso de Drogas y VIH/SIDA. De la Medicalización a la Ciudadanía, by Graziela Touzé, president of Intercambios, an organization concerned with drug problems in Argentina, argues for a harm reduction approach and respect for the dignity of drug users.
Las Naciones Unidas y la Reducción del Daño is a 2005 position paper about the United Nations and harm reduction, from the left-leaning Transnational Institute.
Riesgo de VIH/SIDA relacionado con el Uso de Crack is a PowerPoint document summarizing research from El Salvador about HIV risks associated with use of crack cocaine.