Greek Parliament set to vote on new bill establishing Supervised Drug Consumption Sites-The contribution of civil society organizations

The debate over the recent draft law entitled “Private Clinics Statutory Framework, Modernization and Reformative recommendations, The National Public Health Organization establishment, the National Institute of Neoplasms and the other provisions establishment” is in the homestretch. The proposed draft bill, submitted by the Health Ministry, includes – among others-  various amendments of the Law 4139/2013 on drugs as well as a specific provision for the legal establishment of supervised drug consumption sites in Greece. 

On February 20, 2019, a hearing meeting of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament took place, during which the proposed Draft Law was discussed. Mrs. Galinaki Sofia, Advocacy Officer of Diogenis and representative of the greek Organizations’ Platform for psychoactive substances, participated in the hearing, during which in cooperation with other Platform’s member-organizations presented a series of proposals aiming to improve this legislative initiative.

Α relevant proposals’ memorandum was submitted on behalf of the Platform to the Committee and the Minister of Health, Mr A. Xanthos.

Next Tuesday, 26/2/2019, the second reading of the draft law by the Committee is expected to take place, so that later be introduced  in plenary for voting.

Human Rights Day: Persons Who Use Drugs Count!

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.

 

Lecture: “Cannabis – Recent Legislative Developments”

In the context of the 16th Panhellenic AIDS and Hepatitis Conference, held on September 27, 2018 in Athens, the director of “Diogenis Drug Policy Dialogue”, Thanasis Apostolou, gave a lecture on:

“Cannabis – Recent Legislative Developments”

The lecture refers to the history of international cannabis legislation, while presenting new developments for both medicine and recreational use.

You can read or download the lecture by clickinghere.(in Greek)

 

New report: Regional Conference 2018 at Thessaloniki

The report of the Annual Regional Conference in South East Europe, which was organized by “Diogenis Drug Policy Dialogue”in Thessaloniki from 8-9 June 2018, is now available at our website.

The conference brought together representatives of NGOs, Policy makers and researchers from 9 countries, active in the drugs field in the region, in order to discuss drug policy developments and trends, in view of socio-political developments and the implementation of the recommendations of the UNGASS outcome Document 2016.

You can download or read the full report (English) here.

International Overdose Awareness Day: Persons Who Use Drugs Count!

On the occasion of the International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st), the organization “DIOGENIS Drug Policy Dialogue” continues the awareness campaign with the slogan “Persons Who Use Drugs Count” . This International Day was established as a day of remembrance for people who have lost their lives or have suffered harm as a consequence of overdose. Although overdose deaths can be prevented, the necessary emphasis has not yet been given to effective management of this phenomenon.

In the effort to prevent overdose deaths, in EU, 10 Nationwide Naloxone programs are being implemented, including training for relatives and friends of users with the ability to have their own Naloxone home program. Also in 7 EU countries there are supervised consumption rooms (78 in total) to prevent overdose deaths to those who are homeless or do not have a supportive environment.

Diogenis organization supports the need Greece to follow this example and, through the adoption of a National Strategy, which includes the grant of Naloxon as a measure to prevent death from overdose. The adoption of a corresponding policy is also part of the EU’s drugs policy (2017-2020) and of the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

This campaign is within the frame of the project “Strengthening NGO capacity and promoting public health and human rights oriented drug policy in South Eastern Europe”, funded by the European Commission and by the Open Society Foundations.

You can read more here.