On Queerness & Drugs

The queer community and illicit drug users are inextricably linked: Both are subjected to similar politicisation of private practices, both are disproportionately aggravated by social harms, and are both fighting stigma and shame for the assurance of rights that should be fundamental. Drug use plays an outsized, if not wholly unsurprising part in the experience of … Continued

Global Drug Policy Launch: A look at the best and worst ranked countries

The Harm Reduction Consortium on Monday launched the Global Drug Policy Index, a novel and insightful tool that scores and ranks 30 countries against 75 policy indicators within five key dimensions: absence of extreme responses, proportionality and criminal justice, harm reduction, access to medicines, and development. The tool is uniquely positioned to establish quantitative accountability … Continued

What are drug consumption rooms?

Also referred to by the terms ‘overdose prevention centres’, ‘safe injecting rooms’, ‘safer consumption rooms’, and ‘supervised injection sites’, DCRs are medically supervised sites where people who use drugs are able to consume substances in a safer, and more hygienic environment. As of December 2018, there were 117 DCRs across the world, the vast majority … Continued

Will Germany legalise cannabis following the election?

The federal election of Germany is on Sunday the 26th September, and its results will be pivotal to the state of cannabis policy reform both within the country, and across Europe. Promises pertaining to cannabis policy reform have been present in four out of the six major parties in Germany’s campaigns, ranging from decriminalisation to … Continued