Over Summer, 2018, there were 3 big campaigns for our community - in June there was Support. Don’t Punish, in July there was International Remembrance Day and in August there was International Overdose Awareness Day. Here is Janko Belins round up of what some of the EuroNPUD grant winners did for Support Dont Punish, this June.
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What makes a drug user activist? Janko, EuroNPUD's campaign coordinator, shines a little light into the background of someone who has been involved in grassroots organising for around 20 years.
“People are afraid of the Police. If you go to protests... you are marked and whenever they see you, they might stop you, control you." This is just one of the obstacles restraining drug user activism in Macedonia. An article by Vlatko Dekov on the problems with drug user organising in Macedonia, first printed in Drogriporter, in January 2017. Thanks to Vlatko and Drogriporter for credited reprinting here. For the article and many other excellent pieces on drug user organising and related issues, don't miss their website. Drogriporter is a leading source of drug news and views from the drug using / activist / health professional communities, they write and record all over the globe and are a 'must subscribe' website for anyone in the drugs field.