Organisations run by and for people who use drugs, around the globe.
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- ASUD – The French Organisation for Drug Users /HIV The French organisation that works to support the reduction in risk to people who use drugs. ASUD produces the excellent French drug user publication called ASUD, and the website is packed with information on a wide range of harm reduction, drug and drug policy issues. ASUD hosts a very popular online forum and the whole site is constantly updated. In French only.
- Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users’ League (AIVL). AIVL is the national peak organisation representing Australian State and Territory-based Drug User Organisations and issues of national significance for illicit drug users. Wide range of health and harm reduction information, publications, Junkmail Magazine, forums, news, detailed Hep C info, drug policy information, access to state based drug user orgs and more.
- BrugerForeningen – The Danish Drug Users Union The Danish Drug Users Unions official website, with news, reports, harm reduction, treatment information, guest writers and bloggers, opiate museum and national drug news. Supported the formation of sister Scandinavian orgs. Website in both English and Danish.
- Jes network – in Germany. Jes celebrates its 20th anniversary this year (2009). About 25 local Jes groups work together for legalisation, anti prohibition and for a humane life with drugs. Jes includes and represents junkies, ex-users and people in methadone/substitution treatment. They produce a fabulous magazine regularly and are a strong force in the German and European scene.
this is their homepage http://www.jes-netzwerk.de
If you take a look at the link “photogalerie” you´ll find many photos oft the 20th anniversary of jes, the IHRC in Belfast and much more, particularly their yearly extremely well supported and advocated International Remembrance Day on July 21st.
- KOLODETZ http://www.drugpolicy.ru/ An advocacy organization with the main goal to defend rights of people affected by drug epidemic and drug policy in Russia: active and former drug users, people with HIV/AIDS, their families, and youth in general. Our ethical principles are based on the respect of human rights, priority of social and public health needs over the ones of law enforcement, and harm reduction approach.
- Méta d’Âme is an organisation of current and former methadone patients and drug users, operating in Montreal, Quebec. They have a French/English Magazine for the using community called ‘Metaphor’, are behind a unique housing project by and for people who have drug issues, and campaign for more accessible and humane drug treatment. At the moment, this site is in French only.
- Svenskabrukarforeningen – Swedish Drug Users Union The National Union for Swedish drug users, and parent organisation to associated groups within Sweden such as Stockholm, Halmstad, and Gotland. Tackling issues such as severe lack of needle exchange provision and regular violations of the human rights of the drug using community and those in drug treatment. A powerful lobby group who have made huge headway against grave odds.
- UHO – Croatian Drug Users Group Croatia’s self help drug users organisation with a website covering a wide range of drug user specific health, drug and harm reduction information. In Croatian.
- VANDU- The Vancouver Area Network of Drugs Users (VANDU) is a group of users and former users who work to improve the lives of people who use illicit drugs through user-based peer support and education. They have fought tirelessly to push for heroin prescribing and drug consumption rooms, tackling court, shutdowns, and crippling ill health and HIV epidemics. Tireless campaigners.
- WYZWOLENIE: Krakow Association of Substitution Patients Also known as LIBERATION, WYZWOLENIE is run by users and people on drug treatment, who are working voluntarily to make the human rights of drug users more visible and understandable to people who use drugs, health professionals and government. “Liberation” lobby for substitution treatment and to improve the social situation for those in and out of treatment; and aim for better engagement and cooperation with the management of treatment programs. In Polish but with translation available on site. Liberation are proud to be the first Drug User Org in Eastern Europe.