Eurasia is located on a major trafficking route to Europe. Influenced by Russia, Eurasian governments continue to impose severe criminal sanctions on people who use drugs and dealers. This has led to repeated cases of violence and intimidation against people who use drugs, and a health crisis with an explosion of HIV infections among this vulnerable group.
The Regional Harm Reduction Conference will be dedicated to the results, lessons learnt, and perspectives of civil society and community-driven advocacy for sustainable and high-quality harm reduction programs in CEECA.
Michel Kazatchkine, UN secretary general special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, argues that prohibition can prevent access to harm reduction treatment, including methadone, for people who inject drugs.
The EECA statement argues that the currently alarming epidemiologic situation and an envisioned decrease in funding, might affect the sustainability of the positive results worldwide in combating AIDS, and less effective implementation of the new global target: to end HIV by 2030.
This four day conference, organised by The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) will serve as a regional discussion platform in advance to the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference in Montreal in 2017, and to the 22th International AIDS Conference in 2018.
Russia’s obstinacy when it comes to considering evidence-informed approaches has come at an enormous cost – along with increasing overdose rates, the country’s number of HIV infections has been growing at an alarming rate of 10 per cent annually.
This tool offers self-guided education on police violence against women who use drugs. It may also be interesting to other professionals, including social workers, health care professionals, and providers of harm reduction services as an advocacy tool for fairer drug policies.
The EMCDDA publishes a report providing an update on infectious diseases related to injecting drug use in Europe, it covers both the EMCDDA Drug-related infectious diseases indicator, which collects data on the situation, and the responses in the area.
The city of Warsaw is to implement a two-year program to reform city drug policy and the Polish Drug Policy Network will take further actions to encourage the EU to develop a common drug strategy for use at local level.