Remembrance Day Statement -

Written by  International Network of People who Use Drugs

Today is the International Day to remember our loved ones who have died as a result of prohibition. They have died unnecessarily as a result of criminalisation, stigmatisation, and the social exclusion that has resulted from the war on people who use drugs. The government are oblivious to the reality of the harm caused by their failed and heartless policies. These deaths are avoidable. Because drugs are criminalised, they are produced on the black market. People in the UK have died from heroin contaminated with anthrax. People in the UK have died as a result of their ecstasy and MDMA containing toxic PMA. Under prohibition, there is simply no possibility to ensure the content of drugs.

And recently, fentanil and carfentanil have contaminated heroin, resulting in increasing numbers of overdose mortalities. This all while governments fail to act as they would if this affected any other population. As a result of their disregard, these tragic, unnecessary, entirely avoidable deaths are increasing across Europe, and overdose mortality is at a ten year high in the UK. The governments policies of austerity have seen our services and healthcare decimated, and the promotion of a narrative of abstinence and ‘recovery’. This has been at the expense of evidence- and rights-based harm reduction and service provision. 


• Our communities demand an end to austerity, an end to the war on drugs and people who use drugs.
• We demand to be decriminalised.
• We demand for our drugs to be legalised so that we do not risk our health and lives every time we use drugs.
• We demand access to comprehensive harm reduction and means with which to test the contents of our drugs, as well as widespread access to life-saving overdose reversing naloxone.
• We demand an end to  social exclusion, and a recognition of our human rights. We do not forfeit our human rights because we use drugs.
• We are the people who use drugs, and we demand to be recognised.

 


Tributes Paid Around the World

 

In London, England

  In front of Parliament House, London, our peers came together for an intimate moment. -remembering and paying tribute to loved ones lost in this War on Drugs.

In front of Parliament House, London, our peers came together for an intimate moment. -remembering and paying tribute to loved ones lost in this War on Drugs.

  Amsterdam: Today we honour those who died from the bureaucratic barriers to get help because of bad policy or lack of information or support

Amsterdam: Today we honour those who died from the bureaucratic barriers to get help because of bad policy or lack of information or support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Amsterdam,

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Stockholm, Sweden

 Vid minnesträdet, en al vid Årstavikens strand, som planterades för sex år sedan och sedan dess vuxit sig stor, samlades medlemmar i Stockholms Brukarförening på lördagen, den 21 juli, den Internationella Brukardagen, för att hedra vänner och kamrater som drabbats av en alltför tidig död orsakad av narkotikabruk. ... samlades på lördagen, den Internationella Brukardagen, ett tjugotal personer till en minnesceremoni  ...

Vid minnesträdet, en al vid Årstavikens strand, som planterades för sex år sedan och sedan dess vuxit sig stor, samlades medlemmar i Stockholms Brukarförening på lördagen, den 21 juli, den Internationella Brukardagen, för att hedra vänner och kamrater som drabbats av en alltför tidig död orsakad av narkotikabruk.... samlades på lördagen, den Internationella Brukardagen, ett tjugotal personer till en minnesceremoni ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berlin, Germany

  Berlin: July 21 International Remembrance day. Every year, 21 July in Berlin passes the day of memory of people killed by drugs. This year, the action celebrated its 20th anniversary. Berlun second year in a row takes part in the memorial day. This year we gave a speech for the first time. Talked about naloksone, which on direct helps to reduce smernostʹ among drug users. No less important to preserve life is access to arvterapii and substitution therapy, as well as new low-cost shelter and dormitories. In the second part of our message, we were reminded of the problem of drug users who came from Baltic. They remain the least protected in Europe and very often can't get treatment and other help. It was noticeable that the community community was the most numerous and active. It is important to understand that the problems of people using drugs who have come to Berlin from other countries are very sharp and need a solution. The day of memory has united today everyone who is engaged in the help of drug workers: Jes, fix punkt, Deutsche Aids Hilfe, berliner aids hilfe. These organizations many years help people and their invitation for us is a great honor. So it is especially important that today, on the day of memory in one row with them was berlun!

Berlin: July 21 International Remembrance day.
Every year, 21 July in Berlin passes the day of memory of people killed by drugs. This year, the action celebrated its 20th anniversary. Berlun second year in a row takes part in the memorial day.
This year we gave a speech for the first time. Talked about naloksone, which on direct helps to reduce smernostʹ among drug users. No less important to preserve life is access to arvterapii and substitution therapy, as well as new low-cost shelter and dormitories.
In the second part of our message, we were reminded of the problem of drug users who came from Baltic. They remain the least protected in Europe and very often can't get treatment and other help.
It was noticeable that the community community was the most numerous and active. It is important to understand that the problems of people using drugs who have come to Berlin from other countries are very sharp and need a solution.
The day of memory has united today everyone who is engaged in the help of drug workers: Jes, fix punkt, Deutsche Aids Hilfe, berliner aids hilfe. These organizations many years help people and their invitation for us is a great honor. So it is especially important that today, on the day of memory in one row with them was berlun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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