The European Harm Reduction Network Conference 2014, 2 - 3 October, Amsterdam
EuroHRN will organise a network conference to present recent work on overdose prevention, drug consumption room survey, harm reduction in city policies and more.
The local host - De Regenboog Groep - will organise sessions on the Dutch situation around harm reduction and organise site visits. More information follows after the Basel event.
The UN Drug Control System and how to influence drug policy on UN Level
The UN Drug Control System and how to influence drug policy on UN Level
Next week, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) comes together in Vienna to prepare the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS), where 193 nations will agree on a political declaration and plan of action to counter the world drug problem.
This Correlation Network spotlight article explains the framework of the UN sytem : ("UN for Dummies") and addresses, how UN declarations influence drug policy world wide and what NGO' s and civil society can do, to influence this process.
CORRELATION published a Policy Paper about the impact of austerity
- Policy Paper: Who is paying the price for austerity
- The impact of the economic crisis on prevention, harm reduction and drug addiction services in South East Europe
By Thanasis Apostolou, director of the Diogenis Association, Drug Policy Dialogue in SEE
- Drugs and HCV: a look at Romania
Ionut Alexandrescu, Carusel Foundation (Romania)
- Greece... the country of harm induction
Efi Kokkini, Greek Drug & Substitute Users Union, Greece
- Harm Reduction services in Slovakia at the stake
Miroslava Zilinska, Iveta Chovancova, C.A. Odyseus, Slovakia
- The situation of drug users and the consequences of austerity measures in daily life
Luís Mendão, Rosa Freitas, Daniel Simões
- SAVE PEOPLE, NOT BANKS - Impact of the economic crises on drug users’ care in Catalonia and Spain
Xavier Majó i Roca, Subdirecció General de Drogodependències / Programme on Substance Abuse; Public Health Agency of Catalonia
- New Report on Harm Reduction in Europe 2003 to 2010
Martin Busch, Gesundheit Österreich Forschung- und Planung GmbH, Austria
ITARDD is an Italian network of service providers, drug users, associations and local authorities which promotes harm reduction in Italy.
The network issued a letter to the Italian president, the Parliament, the regions, city majors and the Anti Drugs Policy Department (DPA) , requesting a key role for harm reduction in local policies and programmes and urging to change the repressive drug laws in that country. Please read the letter here. For more information and for co-signing the letter please contact
a letter to the Italian president
New Bulgarian bill increases punishments for small scale drug possessions
Correlation member 'Initiative of Health', Sofia reports about a dangerous turn in Bulgarian drug policy, enforcing the zero tolerance legislation of that country even more. Also the smallest quantity of possession of of drugs, including marijuana, is punished with imprisonment with no option for alternatives of imprisonment anyway.
the press release, Correlation published with IDPC and Diogenis.
CORRELATION newsletter 2
Urgent call for support
The City of Budapest intends to close
the Bluepoint Needle and
Syringe Exchange Programme
Correlation statement signed by more than 100 organisations and persons
The statement concerning the intention of the City of Budapest to close the Bluepoint Needle and Exchange Programme was signed by more than 100 organisations and persons so far. On behalf of the Bluepoint Foundation we want to thank you for support and commitment. We keep you informed about the developments in Budapest. See here the statement and the list of signatories
Urgent call for support
The City of Budapest intends to close the Bluepoint Needle and Syringe Exchange Programme
The Blue Point Foundation (http://www.kekpont.hu/) has been a valued member of the Correlation Network, (www.correlation-net.org) a European network of low threshold service providers, universities, research groups and drug user advisory organizations. Our members have welcomed the Blue Point organization as a respected leader in providing harm reduction services, HIV/HCV prevention and a comprehensive range of social services to Budapest’s’ most vulnerable individuals,people who inject drugs (PWID).
Among its range of services, the Blue Point Foundation has been operating a needle and syringe exchange program (NSP) since 2006 in the 8th district of Budapest that has become the largest NSP service in Hungary. The Blue Point NSP has been highly effective in preventing HIV, viral hepatitis and caring for its current 3200 registered users, including the 100-150 clients that walk through its doors everyday. More than 60% of Blue Points registered NSP clients are local residents, socially disadvantaged, with low education, poor employment opportunities, and predominantly of Roma origin.
Unfortunately, the municipality of Budapest's 8th district decided to terminate the cooperation agreement with the Blue Point Foundation.
From our point of view and in regard of overwhelming evidence, that NSP works to reduce blood borne infection diseases, The Blue Point NSP program is a critical and essential component to Budapest’s public health services, offering well-proven comprehensive and effective interventions to control and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Un-addressed, the reported increased frequency of injections will spread HIV/HCV infections quickly, the health care system will become over burdened, and sadly many individuals and families will suffer needlessly.
Therefore from a medical and public health ethical perspective, we sincerely ask and recommend reconsiderations for closing the Blue Point Foundation NSP services.
The Correlation Network
For more information, see also http://drogriporter.hu/en/district8
CORRELATION newsletter 1
The Correlation Network is organising a session on Hepatitis C and Drug Use at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Network news November 2012
- Correlation Network activities 2013
In 2013, we will create a database of European organisations and individual experts in relevant fields of n activities and establish Correlation Focal Points in European member states. By doing so, we aim to improve the collaboration and exchange on bilateral and European level and to support the development of common activities.
In addition, Correlation will establish thematic expert groups on outreach, peer involvement and ehealth, in order to update the various Correlation materials. To make this work we rrely and count on your active input and collaboration!
- Correlation projects
We announced already the start of the European Project INWORK - 'Make it Work: Meaningful work and (re)integration programmes for marginalised and vulnerable groups', which will be implemented in the framework of the Life long Learning Programme. In case you are interested in the issue of participation and social reintegration, please contact us for further information.
In 2013, we will start to implement the CORRELATION HEPATITIS C INITIATIVE, focusing on Hepatitis C and drug use with financial support of the EC Drug Prevention and Information Programme. The project will analyse barriers and obstacles for testing and referral to treatment for people who inject drugs, provide a hepatitis C training course and ccontribute to advocacy activities on European level. In case you are intersted in this issue, please contact us for further information.
FRG - Foundation The Rainbow Group (coordinator of the Correlation Network) is partner of the European Harm Reduction Network (www.eurohrn.eu). EuroHRN received another two years grant form the EC Drug Prevention and Information Programme and will continue its activities in the field. In this project FRG will be responsible for conducting a survey, targeting drug consumption rooms in Europe and abroad and co-organise the European Harm Reduction Conference in 2014.
International Harm Reduction Conference 'Values of Harm Reduction.
The conference takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania, June 9 - 12, 2013. Please check for more information http://www.ihra.net/contents/1232. Deadline for abstracts is the 30th November.
Correlation has submitted abstracts for organising 2 thematical workshops:
1. Meaningful peer involvement as essential prerequisit for 'good' and effective harm reduction – Examples and experiences from different stakeholders in Europe.
2. Hepatitis C and Drug Use - what makes the difference? Examples and experiences to improve awareness and efficiancy on grass root and policy level in regard to screening, testing and referal to treatment for people who inject drugs.
If you are interested to join one of the sessions with your contribution, please contact us asap.
The European Commission just published the Call for the expression of interest to become a member of the EU Civil Society Forum on Drugs 2013-2014.
Deadline for applications: 4. January 2013.
The EMCDDA has just published the new Annual Report 2012. Main finding is that heroin use is in decline and patterns of drug use are shifting. To download the report, please check the website or the following EMCDDA link: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/events/2012/annual-report
Network news September 2012
- Our application for an operational grant by the European Commission has been succesful and this will enbale us to maintain and extend Correlation as a Nnetwork in 2013. We aim to establish expert groups on particular issues, will set up a database and Resource Centre and will update and promote various Correlation products. In addition, we will search for opportunities to organise a meeting for Correlation members.
- INWORK project starts November 2012
The cooperation witin the Correlation Network in the past years clearly indicated, that there is a huge need to develop and implement work and activation programmes for masrginalsed groups. NGO's, but also local policy makers declared, that they are interested in the implementation of such initiatives, but also acknowledged their lack of knowledge and expertise in this field and their need for training and learning.
The INWORK project will respond to this need, by developing an European Best Practice overview, a toolbox for service providers and policy makers and a tailored training course, which will enable adult trainers, service providers, social entrepeneurs and local policy makers to develop and implement sustainable work and re-integration programmes for vulnerable and marginalised groups.INWORk is a Grundtvig Multilateral Project and part of the Life Long Learning Programme and will most probably start in November 2012. Updates and additional information will be provided regularly.