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Setting the Records Straight: Response to CSOs calling for criminalisation of drug use in Ghana

This statement has been released in conjunction with West Africa Drug Policy Network, Drug Policy Network -Ghana, Harm Reduction Alliance Ghana, Students for Sensible Drug Policy- Ghana, Students for Drug Policy Reform Ghana, Hemp Association of Ghana. We have read the CSOs petition to the President and the Speaker of…
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Politics and Harm Reduction: Four Countries’ Syringe Access Stories

Written by Iga Kender-Jeziorska Drug policy varies greatly among European countries, despite common foundations in UN treaties or EU strategies. In this article I’ll review syringe service programs (SSPs) in four East-Central European countries—the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, collectively known as the Visegrád Group—to show how politics impact…
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LxAddictions 2019

The 2019 Lisbon Addictions Conference took place in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the Tagus River estuary. The conference took on a wide ranging theme with many sessions discussing the methodology of medical academic research papers, while others gave much more scope for civil society input when discussing drug…
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Youth RISE Hosts Annual Meetup and E-Network Summit

Written by Kelly Ebbert July was a big month for Youth RISE as we held our annual meetup in Nida, Lithuania, and we hosted the first of its kind E-Network Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. We went into our annual internal meeting with goals to effectively strategize and plan for our…
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Global fund training of trainers

Written by Ishwor Maharjan From the 9th June to 1st July 2019 CMI, a consortium of Young Key Population (YKP)-led networks (Youth LEAD, Youth RISE and Y+ Network) successfully carried out Global Training of Trainers for the Global Fund in Cape Town, South Africa. Young leaders from 18 countries along with the…
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Support don’t punish South Africa – introducing fentanyl test strips

Written by MJ Stowe. As part of the Support Don’t Punish Global Day of Action, Youth RISE’s MJ Stowe joined the Step Up Project on a day of outreach to the beneficiaries of their needle and syringe programme (Fig. 1). The Step Up Project provides evidence-based mobile HIV/TB/STI prevention to people…
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Youth RISE Support. Don’t Punish. Activities

Youth RISE once again participated in the Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action on the 26th of June. The event, held annually unites groups in over 200 cities across the world to demand an end to punitive punishments for people who use drugs, a move towards health-led approaches to drug policy…
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Harm reduction international conference

Written by Eliza Kurcevič. The 26th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR19) took place in Porto, Portugal on April 28-May 1. It’s the biggest harm reduction conference in the world and this year it gathered record number of participants – more than 1200 delegates, from more than 90 countries. This year…
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