Two years on from its initial founding in Marseilles, the European Network of People who Use Drugs was relaunched last week during a side meeting held at the Correlation/Swedish Drug Users Union/INPUD organised peer workshop on drug use and HCV.
32 activists from 13 countries (UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Eire, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Northern Ireland, and Italy) gathered to commit themselves to reaffirming the need for a European network. Representatives from most of the major European drug user unions were represented including France's ASUD, the Swedish Drug Users Union, Germany's JES, Norway's FHN, CASO from Portugal, Uisce from Eire, the Greek Drug Users' Union, the National Users' Network from the UK amongst others.
The network committed itself to:
- the meaningful participation of people who use drugs in all political processes that affect our lives
- work towards an end to prohibition
- full realisation of our human rights, with special emphasis on the right to health and an end to arbitrary barriers to HCV and HIV treatment
- access to the full range of pharmacotherapies (heroin prescribing, methadone, and buprenorphine)
- Ensuring the adoption of a Europe wide normative guidance on harm reduction services to include safe consumption rooms, harm reduction services in prisons, heroin prescribing, peer access to naloxone, and peer led services.
The network's discussion forum will be relaunched shortly along with a Facebook page. The forum will be coordinated by Rui Miguel Coimbra Morais.