Founder of the Swedish Drug Users Union, someone who has been at the forefront of challenging Sweden to rethink its ultra conservative views on drug policy and create more humane treatment and access to OST, prevention and support.
Torstein is a Norwegian activist and a committed EuroNPUD rep for Norway. He is a member of FHN; Foreningen for Human Narkotikapolitikk (Norwegian: Human Drug Policy Association; Oslo, Norway)
The media is a frontline in the war on drugs
To change the world we need to change the way the media reports on drugs and people who use drugs; and with that slowly comes changes in society's perceptions. Here, the Norwegians activists get their message across.
Challenging the myths
It is part of user activism to challenge the myths associated with drugs and drug use and to ensure people have access to accurate information. In this way, people are able to make the best decision with the right information, when it comes to drug use.
Founder of the well established Norwegian drug user group, FHN Foreningen for human narkotikapolitikk (FHN)
Iain (Buff) Cameron
Buff Cameron is a founder of today's user movement in Northern Ireland; totally committed and steadfast, Northern Ireland has never been the same...
European activists attend events all over Europe and the globe, presenting, challenging and protesting. Here, PWUD's speak in Portugal.
European activists meet in London
The first EuroNPUD steering committee meeting was held in London, in 2015
Im a Peer Educator
The Swedish Drug Users Union, the national organisation that links a number of drug user unions across Sweden, the largest and first to launch was the Stockholm Drug Users Union. A great example of a union boxing clever - despite being up against one of the most conservative governments in Europe on drugs, smart partnership working and knowing when to push the line -the Swedish union members have made incredible inroads into Swedish policy over the last decade, while the Stockholm Drug Users Union forced Sweden to accept needle & syringe programmes and wider access to OST. A terrific union for ideas, a visit their unions, learn from their successes and their travails! The T-Shirt 'I'm a Peer educator' is from their Drugs Academy, a yearly event where activists come together, learn about the movement, harm reduction and health, how to strategise and promote the cause.
Opiate Substitution Treatment
This is a box of French morphine capsules (slow release) sometimes offered to dependent opiate users. It is essential that opiate users have access to a range of opiates, not only methadone and buprenorphine, but morphine, diamorphine, injectables, patches, linctus etc.. We need more research on alternatives to the basic methadone and buprenorphine. There are many issues connected to OST provision -what is your countries main problem? Choice? Access? Dosage? Start organizing -reach out to your European comrades! Research more treatments, include PWUDs centrally in the research.
Mat Southwell UK and Fabrice Olivet, France - 2 of the international movements founders and respected members of their own country networks (Respect UK and ASUD France)
Swedish Drug User Unions regular promotion of harm reduction. Harm reduction Saves Lives. We Know!
Shame Russia Shame -a World AIDS Day Protest, with 11 countries around the world campaigning in front of Russian Embassies, by people who use drugs -for people who use drugs, 2009. Sponsored by INPUD.
Drug War Peace
The Drug Users Peace Initiative -a protest held outside the UNODC in Vienna, 2008
A 2016, European wide Naloxone drive -here is a poster by INPUD.
International Overdose Awareness Day
An INPUD poster for IOAD, 31st August for the use of Naloxone.
A Campaign against the murders of people who use drugs in the Phillpines, 2016/2017 (INPUD poster)
Sex workers rights
Protesting in Kiev, Ukraine, on the rights of sex workers.
Sex workers rights
March, 2017; Kiev
Italy's longest running magazine for people who use drugs.
The forming of EuroNPUD, Marseille
2011, European activists meeting in Marseille, France
Norway's activists on TV
Norwegian activist Arild Knutsen takes every chance to appear in the media to tackle stereotypes and promote understanding and awareness. Media training is an important element of appearing in the media to ensure our points get across clearly and coherently.