Dr. Bobby Smyth, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist recently penned a piece in the Irish Examiner attacking Gino Kenny’s Medical Cannabis Regulation bill entitled ‘It’s time to smoke out the lies about cannabis’.
Having an insight into the setting, Villa Maraini (Rome, Italy), which one might say is a “paradise for people who use drugs”, would help to understand the context in which a 3-day study tour for harm reduction workers, organised by EHRN, took place in mid-November. The foundation was established by Massimo Barra under the Italian branch of the Red Cross and offers various programs for people who use drugs, especially problematic heroin users. The Villa, placed in the centre of a beautiful garden and park provides various services such as methadone substitution therapy, health clinic, therapeutic community, drop-in shelter, HIV/HCV test point, etc. This year, Villa Maraini celebrated 40 years of harm reduction activities. Continue reading
Youth RISE Nepal’s short documentary film ‘Journey of Change’ was selected as the winner of the 9th International Harm Reduction Film Festival. Continue reading
At the end of June, the United Nations held its yearly International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Yury Fedotov, head of the UN’s drugs crime office, marked the occasion with a speech. It wasn’t packed with surprises; turns out Afghanistan is still the world’s largest opium producer, the legal highs market is still booming and the planet’s governments still aren’t winning the War On Drugs. Continue reading
In April, the HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF) sponsored an Advocacy Training for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia program grantees in Tbilisi, Georgia.Youth RISE and HYLF have been partners and working together since HYLF’s inception and for this reason, Youth RISE was invited to co-facilitate the training. Our IWG Nicole Fereirra from Portugal on behalf of Youth RISE travelled to Georgia and co-facilitated training on Advocacy, Human Rights, Drug Policy, Youth Participation and Youth Friendly Harm Reduction Services, and promoted interactions between the grantees and other organisations, networks and stakeholders. Continue reading