Letters to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Justice was sent by the six NGOs – members of the “NGO Platform on psychoactive substances”, calling for the necessary and immediate initiatives to be taken, aimed at implementing a coordinated policy geared to public health and human rights.
You can read the Press Release here (ENG)
The Greek “Platform of NGOs for psychoactive substances” consists of the following organizations: “DIOGENIS – Drug Policy Dialogue”, “POSITIVE VOICE”, “CENTRE FOR LIFE” in support of people living with HIV / AIDS, «PROMITHEAS – Liver Patient Association of Greece”, “GREEK DRUG USERS UNION” and “PRAKSIS”.
https://ppsgr.org/ – [email protected]
The Greek “NGO Platform for Psychoactive Substances” consists of NGOs based in Greece which are actively working in the field psychoactive substances. By “psychoactive substances” and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) we mean: every substance that, when taken in or administered into one’s system, affect mental processes (e.g. cognition or affect). This term is one of the most neutral and descriptive term for the whole class of substances – controlled or not – and does not necessarily imply dependence- producing and does not promote stigma.
“The main objective of the “NGO Platform for Psychoactive Substances” is to strengthen the cooperation between NGOs and the dialogue with the competent authorities to implement a coordinated and effective drug policy, oriented to public health and human rights”
The Greek “Platform for Psychoactive substances” consists of the following organizations: “DIOGENIS” Drug Policy Dialogue, “POSITIVE VOICE” the Association of People Living with HIV in Greece, “CENTRE FOR LIFE” for the support of people living with HIV/AIDS, “PROMETHEUS” Hellenic Liver Patient Association, the Greek “DRUG & SUBSTITUTE USERS UNION” and “PRAKSIS”.
May 7th: International Harm Reduction Day
A Call to Protest
On the occasion of the International Harm Reduction Day, “NGO Platform on Psychoactive substances” calls all the relevant stakeholders and interested parties, actively working in the field of Harm Reduction, to gather and protest at the entrance of the Ministry of Health, on Monday, May 9th, at 13.00.
A relevant press release, highlighting the need to enhance and extend harm reduction interventions, their evidence-based effectiveness at global level and the importance of reviewing the existing legal framework in order to better support both the associated activities and the beneficiaries, was also published a year ago. However, despite promises made by the political leadership of the Health Ministry, during the presentation of the annual EMCDDA report in June 2015, that Harm Reduction interventions will be shielded and protected, no progress has been made in any of our requests.
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On the occasion of the UN Special Session of the General Assembly on Drugs (UNGASS 2016), the organization Drug Policy Alliance, brought together more than 1000 distinguised individuals from many countries (including Greece), including, among others, the former presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Switzerland and Netherlands, the former Prime Ministers of Greece, Hungary and Netherlands together with renowned academics, lawyers, clergy, Entrepreneurs, heretics, Celebrities and call for alternatives proposals against punitive policies to control psychoactive substances.
“Humankind cannot afford a 21st century drug policy as ineffective and counter-productive as the last century’s. A new global response to drugs is needed, grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights”, says the joint letter.
Athens, 8 April 2016
On April 7 (World Health Day), the open informational meeting on the occasion of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS 2016) organized by DIOGENIS-Drug Policy Dialogue, concluded in great success, with the participation of more than 50 guests.
Attended the event were representatives from civil society organizations, local authorities, secondary education, professionals working in the field of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and social reintegration, and from the office of the National Coordinator for Drugs.