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)
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.
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.
“Diogenis Drug Policy Dialogue” has the honor of being a Bravo! Sustainable Awards 2018 candidate, in the category Bravo Society with the action “SDGs and Drugs: Policies for Development and Harm Reduction” that was implemented in the period 1/12/2016 – 31/5/2017, under the LADDER program.
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The Bravo! initiative, is a systematic Social Dialogue based on the Sustainable Development Initiatives developed in our country by Businesses, Local Government Organizations and Civil Society Organizations. Initiatives and programs that promote the improvement of Quality of Life and the development of standards of responsible behavior at a collective and individual level in Greece. In order to create a wider culture of Sustainable Development, Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility issues, the Bravo Dialogue Institution is developing a platform for dialogue, information and open consultation with the participation of a large group of Social Partners. All participants in the Institution are informed, are developing dialogue and highlighting the best initiatives implemented by BUSINESS – LOCAL AUTHORITIES – NGOs, and support the five pilars of Sustainable Development: Governance, Market, Environment, Society, In Action.
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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)