On the occasion of the Human Rights Day (December 10th), organization “Diogenis – Drug Policy Dialogue”, concludes its awareness campaign entitled “Persons Who Use Drugs Count”. This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948.
Worldwide, we have seen large-scale abuses of international human rights in the name of the drug control system. The “Persons Who Use Drugs Count” campaign, is calling for a drug policy focused on human rights, where the epicenter is the human being and its fundamental needs, ensuring that “no one is left behind”.
You can read the full document here.
The Special Subcommittee of the Greek Parliament on studying and addressing the Drug Problem met on Tuesday, 15 May with representatives of organisations specialized on drug issues to exchange and formulate views on a policy on drugs. Among the organisations invited to participate was also the non-profit organization Diogenis, drug policy dialogue. Diogenis was represented by the Director Mr Thanasis Apostolou and the advocacy officer Mrs Sophia Galinaki.
In Diogenis’ presentation, Thanasis Apostolou thanked the Commission for the invitation, referred to the organization’s history, goals and actions, and in to some views of the organization regarding the policy on drugs. He emphasized that the objective of the current drug control system to eliminate drugs is not realistic. Drugs have always existed and will exist. The law enforcement authorities should give priority to the security of citizens and the fight against organized crime, not to prosecution and punishment of the users. Drug use and treatment of its harmful effects is primarily a medical issue and should be addressed as a public health problem. The law 4139 of 2013 contains positive points in that direction, but it has not been implemented so far. NGOs have repeatedly complained about the lack of strategy and planning, and they propose that civil society should also be involved in the National Drug Coordination and Planning Committee. We hope that the initiative of the Parliamentary Committee will contribute to make the National Strategy and the Action Plan a reality.
See the intervention of Diogenis here (in Greek)
On the occasion of the International Harm Reduction Day (May 7th), organization “Diogenis – Drug Policy Dialogue”, continues its awareness campaign entitled “Persons Who Use Drugs Count”. May 7th was established as the International Harm Reduction day by the international civil society in 2014, with the aim to promote evidence-based harm reduction interventions, focusing on respect for human rights and public health.
“Harm Reduction” is used as a general term to define interventions, programs and policies that seek to reduce the harmful consequences related to drug use and which affect individuals, communities and society (Regh et al. 2010). This is a pragmatic and integrative approach, consisting of a comprehensive package of interventions tailored to the local conditions and the corresponding needs of people using psychoactive substances as well as those of the wider community.
On the occasion of the World Health Day, April 7th ( #WorldHealthDay), the organization “Diogenis – Drug Policy Dialogue”, continues its awareness campaign entitled “Persons Who Use Drugs Count”. This is the second of the selected international/world days the campaign will run through 2018.
“Persons Who Use Drugs Count” campaign, highlights and promotes the need to respect the human rights’ of an extremely vulnerable and marginalized population, reminding all of us that persons who use drugs do not lose their rights as citizens and human beings.
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On March 1st 2018, the Greek Parliament adopted the bill “Provisions for the Production of end products of medicinal cannabis”. The Standing Committee on Social Affairs discussed the draft law at two meetings of the committee and organized a hearing in the Greek Parliament with participation of patient organizations, drug service providers, representatives of the scientific community, agricultural trade unions and civil society organizations. An extensive debate took place in Parliament’s plenary, which ended with the adoption of the bill. The majority of the Parliament voted in favor of the bill.
You can read here the full document by Thanasis Apostolou, Director.