Useful Documents & Publications

INPUD Publications and Other Useful Documents.

Here is an continually evolving list of interesting publications and information that INPUD release to its members and the wider world and other publications and papers that we think are useful for anyone interested in drug user organising at either a grassroots or international level. If you have a paper you think should be here, please add your suggestion in the comments box on any page, it would be really good if we could begin to collect vital documents regarding drug user organising, Thanks!

INPUD Documents:

1st INPUD newspaper, distributed at 2011 HRI conference.

INPUD and GIPA: Towards a Meaningful Relationship.4 pages. Volume 1 Issue 1) Issue 1 briefly documents INPUD’s journey onto the international arena and how it is able to use a civil society created document (GIPA Principle – Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV) as a lever in creating partnerships and discussion on an international level, and how it has become an effective tool (endorsed by the UN) for drug user organising. Written by Black Poppy Publications for INPUD

INPUD Membership Information/Application Pack; A detailed document on representation in INPUD and how to become an INPUD member. Click link –     INPUD Member Application Pack

INPUD’s Guide to ANTHRAX for heroin users; An excellent guide, brief enough to use for handouts, laid out professionally enough for printing, language is clear enough to just use sections, eg: to enlarge and stick on your drug clinics wall. Up to date as of Nov 2012 and incorporates the very relevant history of this nightmare of nature for heroin users, (wait til you see the pictures of the damage it can do to your body) as it continues to effect European heroin users. As always -know the signs and symptoms, print them out, send them round (just credit INPUD). Lets look after our community. INPUD’s Latest Guide to ANTHRAX and heroin use

Other useful documents on drug user organising and health related issues:

Human Rights: Documentation and Advocacy: Produced by OSI, this guidebook/toolkit provides activists with the tools necessary to develop a human rights advocacy plan, particularly by documenting abuses against people who use drugs. Available in English and Russian. Click here.HRDaA_doc

HIV and the Law; Risks, Rights and Health: A landmark publication from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, which included in its construction strong INPUD participation from Annie Madden who sat on the technical advisory group (TAG).This final report of the GCL presents a coherent and compelling evidence base on human rights and legal issues relating to HIV. Unmissable and an essential  HIV and the Law; Risks, Rights and Health.

Halting HIV by Reducing Violence amongst Women; The Case for Reforming Drug Policies in Europe and Central Asia. This comprehensively compiled yet disturbing document outlines the consequences of unmitigated violence against women who use drugs in the EECA region.  It puts forward the very convincing case that many current drug policies actually provoke violence against women drug users/sex workers and much of it is state sanctioned. With rates of HIV infection continually on the rise in the region, it is critical such policies are now reformed. women-en-violence_edited-reedited

WHO Guidance on the Prevention of Viral Hepatitis B and C among People who Inject Drugs: The guidance is the first step in the provision of comprehensive guidance on viral hepatitis surveillance, prevention and treatment by the World Health Organization. The following recommendations are based on systematic reviews of scientific evidence, community values and preferences and implementation issues. Click here for the document…… Recommendation 1: It is suggested to offer people who inject drugs the rapid hepatitis B vaccination regimen.Recommendation 2: It is suggested to offer people who inject drugs incentives to increase uptake and completion of the hepatitis B vaccine schedule. Recommendation 3: It is suggested that needle and syringe programs also provide low dead-space syringes for distribution to people who inject drugs. Recommendation 4: Psychosocial interventions are not suggested for people who inject drugs to reduce the incidence of viral hepatitis. Recommendation 5: It is suggested to offer peer interventions to people who inject drugs to reduce the incidence of viral hepatitis.

Flags of the Nordic countries - from left: Fin...

Nordic Countries; Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland

Drug User Organizations in the Nordic Countries – Local, National and International Dimensions.  Written by Vibeke Asmussen Frank, Jørgen Anker and Tuukka Tammi  Click here for the doc  This fascinating document (34 pages) is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of drug user self organising in the Nordic countries. Despite the regional closeness, each country (and their respective drug user organisation) faces its own unique concerns regarding drugs and this well researched paper shines a spotlight on the people who it may be said understand it the best -the drug using community itself.  The text follows “the opportunities and challenges that these organizations face in their search for legitimacy and political influence”.  It also draws together the “similarities and differences in national contexts that both support and challenge the existence of drug user organizations, including drug policy, social welfare policy, trends in drug use, and organizational conditions organizations.” Well worth a read if your interested in the past and present of drug user organising, if only because the region houses amongst the best examples of drug user organising in Europe if not the world.

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