15 July, 2021
As more countries move towards decriminalizing drug use and drug possession, it is crucial to listen and center the perspectives people who use drugs have on these policies. Without taking into consideration whether the needs of the people most impacted by criminalisation are being addressed, it is impossible to claim decriminalisation is as politically transformative as many claim.
In this video Judy Chang, Executive Director of INPUD, shares the key areas where decriminalisation impacts the lives of people who use drugs along with recommendations for ensuring decriminalisation represents true progress. All of this information is taken directly from a recent peer-led research report- Drug Decriminalisation: Progress or Political Red Herring – based on qualitative interviews with people who use drugs in countries which have implemented some form of decriminalisation.
Read INPUD’s full report on decriminalisation here.
This video was shot and edited by Rights Reporter Foundation, with generous support from the Robert Carr Fund for Civil Society Networks.