Professor Monika Płatek, Professor Viktor Osiatyński, eminent specialist od dependency treatment Bohdan Woronowicz, musicians Stanistaw Soyka, Tomasz Stańko, Michał Wiśniewski and singer Natalia Przybysz, journalists Jacek Żakowski and Anna Wendzikowska, as well as actor Redbad Klynstra are just a few of the celebrities who have engaged in a campaign called"Break the silence. Let's talk about drugs".
The campaign starts on June 26, on the occasion of the Day of Solidarity with Drug Dependent People, in the framework of the Polish Drug Policy Network. Ads and posters will also appear in the subway and buses in Warsaw on this day. The campaign will also be a part of the activities carried out around the world.
Similar activities will take place in London, Paris, Warsaw, Mexico City, Kathmandu, Rome, Phnom Penh, Tbilisi, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and more than 70 other cities. June 26 is celebrated around the world as the World Day of Solidarity with Drug Dependent People.
Аннексия Крыма Россией может привести к прекращению заместительного лечения на полуострове.
Виктор Иванов, глава ФСКН России, выступил по телевидению, чтобы объявить, что окончание лечения метадоном в Крыму является одной из наиболее важных задач, стоящих перед ним. Иванов отметил,что метадон не является лекарством, а программы заместительного лечения не имеют никакого терапевтического применения. (http://mir24.tv/news/society/10105992). Недавно российские чиновники пытались предотвратить выступление украинского активиста на сессии
Russia’s annexation of Crimea may lead to substitution treatment being discontinued on the peninsula.
Viktor Ivanov, head of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service, has already announced on television that the termination of methadone treatment in the Crimea was one of his most important tasks. Ivanov says that the methadone is not a medicine and that substitution programs do not have any therapeutic effect. (http://mir24.tv/news/society/10105992). Recently, some Russian officials tried to prevent a Ukrainian activist from making a presentation during the UN session
Frightening is not working. Let us better make rational drug laws!
On Monday, March 31, 2014, a press conference "Drugs decriminalization becomes a reality around the world" took place in the Polish Parliament. During the conference, the report "A quiet revolution: drug decriminalization policies in practice across the globe" was presented for the first time in Poland. This report, prepared and published by a British organization Release, accurately describes changes in drug policy that have occurred in recent years, including issues on legalization of drugs and departing from punishment for their possession (report attached and to be downloaded from www.politykanarkotykowa.pl).
The first campaign „Women against narcophobia” was dedicated to women’s drug addiction and related problems. “Narcophobia” is a inadequate fear of drugs and people using drugs. Strive for truth, education, knowledge, education may disarm narcophobia.” – M. Zygadło.
In Poland, women’s addiction – whether to alcohol or drugs is a taboo. Women are ashamed and afraid to talk about it openly, because they would be deprived of a right to bring up a children and stigmatized so hard, that attempt to restore their lives, their self-esteem being the base for changes, would become hardly possible.
Polish drug policy, being one of the most restrictive not only in Europe, but in a whole world, needs an urgent and material change. Various activities and events are being organized, aimed at presenting the arguments for change to different groups. Polish Drug Policy Network in cooperation with Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, invited Alexander Zelichenko, former policeman from Kirgizstan, and Jim Pugel, chief of police dept. in Seattle.
Issuing an online game „Take a dose of your rights”, co-financed from public funds granted by National Bureau for Drug Prevention is a great success of Polish Drug Policy Network. The purpose of the game is to inform users in different age, especially youth with legal and health problems, which are related to using and possessing of drugs in Poland.
First edition of this project began in January 2013. Our team included two lawyers and two students: Agnieszka Sieniawska, Aleksandra Korcz, Katarzyna Łozińska and Iga Jeziorska. We visited dormitories of Warsaw University and Warsaw University of Technology once a week. During our visitations we were talking to students about drugs and problems that are connected with using them, we were giving free legal advices and interesting materials about drugs.
Polish policemen and prosecutors need drug amount reference tables! The Poland’s drug law is the second most restrictive in Europe, after the drug law in Belarus. The Act on Counteracting Drug Addiction requires immediate change. Based on the current legal provisions every 3 minutes a person is detained being suspected of illegal drug possession. Annually this number exceeds 30,000 people.