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The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights found that the closure of the largest needle and syringe program in Budapest violated the right to health and the mayor is now accusing the ombudsman of “being controlled by the drug lobby”.
The local mayor has been trying to convince local residents that the solution is to close down needle exchange programs, and rely on law enforcement to eliminate drug use - the campaign states that the real solution is harm reduction.
This new movie produced by Drugreporter and filmed at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, explores the most effective tools for ending the HIV epidemic while sparing a thought for the six well-known HIV researchers and activists who died in the crash of MH17.
Marin Kalchev is a multiple sclerosis patient, who uses marijuana extract to manage the negative symptoms of his chronic disease. He was arrested in April 2013 for cannabis growing, but was eventually judged not guilty by the court.
Watch this video featuring Michel Kazatchkine who addressed the delegates of the High Level Segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, highlighting the need to provide harm reduction services to tackle HIV and hepatitis among people who use drugs.