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Sep 10, 2007

Call to vote on 2 Users Choice sessions for the 19th IHRC in Barcelona (May 2008)

Users Choice Major session Warsaw 2007

Dear Friends,

Last week I made an overview of what was send in after the call for ideas for two Users Choice major sessions for the 19th IHRC in Barcelona (11-15 May 2008). I copied all proposed titles and put them together in subject related categories. This was open for discussion the past few days: Next round for 2 Users Choice sessions @ 19th IHRC - 2007/09/06 04:49

Today I'm opening a voting poll to make a final decision on the 2 sessions. These are the titles we’ll vote on:

  1. Prohibition
  2. Tuberculosis, HIV, Hepatitis
  3. Ibogaine
  4. Discrimination vs rights
  5. We're People who use drugs
  6. Nothing without us
  7. User Organizing/community organizing
  8. Harm Reduction

You need to have registered an account on the INPUD website to be able to vote. Each can only vote one time. On Friday evening 14 September I’ll announce the titles of the chosen sessions.

You can find the poll on INPUD’s homepage So login to your account and vote!

All the best,

Stijn Goossens

INPUD Director

This are again the session titles and subtitles:


  • Decriminalization of personal use
  • Drug policy liberalization
  • Decriminalization of drugs - allowable amount for personal use.
  • The war on drugs - does it work?

Tuberculosis, HIV, Hepatitis

  • Drug users living with HIV/AIDS are dying of HEP-c
  • Drug users and Tuberculosis - free treatment and diagnostics, discrimination
  • Urgent need to address ILWHA (Injecting drug users living with HIV/AIDS co-infection with HCV in the developing & under develop countries
  • HCV and HIV Issues
  • We talk a lot about HIV and hepatitis, but what about TB?!


  • Ibogaine

Discrimination vs rights

  • User is also human
  • Breaking human rights,how we can protect ourselves from to change that?
  • educating police,educating users
  • Gender, encourage conversation around pregnant addictive women, their reproductive rights, how stigma and discrimination prevent them from services and "assist" to abandonment of newborn Children and, certainly, women inmates, they still non-priority group for preventive interventions
  • Remuneration of labour, discrimination and possibility to organize something like international charter or union of drug addicts working in Harm Reduction.
  • The Internal Drug Policies of Service Providers, Advocacy Groups, and NGOs
  • Quality Control: DU Access to Information on the Quality of Drugs in Local Markets
  • Not equal access to treatment and not being able to chose what kind of therapy we want (only drug free, discrimination by place of living, gender)
  • Protecting the rights of people using drugs.
  • Users' are humane too!
  • Access to drug treatment options with regard to developing countries.
  • Scientific research and quality control of drugs as the important orientations for drug users.

We're People who use drugs

  • The culture of drug use
  • Drug Use and Pleasure: It's Not All About Suffering

Nothing without us

  • The User is the expert
  • Ibogaine
  • Substitution treatment. How long it will be under control of narcologic clinics? How and when we stop corruption within ST program? What selection criteria should be for this programs?!
  • Increase of coverage by harm reduction programmes, involvement of new IDUs. How to do it?
  • Self-organization of activists.
  • Consumer (Drug user) Advocacy Groups, Who's Really Listening? (How user involvement has been successful and what makes a successful user group)
  • Why world needs integration of DU,service providers,medical doctors and social workers-effects of integrated approach
  • How should looks good replacement therapy program from the user point of view
  • Science and DU Involvement
  • Development of self-organized NGOs and drug-users networks on the national and international levels.
  • Interaction and joint activities. Language barrier.
  • Possibility to participate in such conferences both representatives from organizations which give financial support and representatives from our organizations, who really work "locally" - with target group, or for the small groups of drug users with translator.

User Organizing/community organizing

  • Community mobilization. How to achieve the goal and at what expense?
  • Capacity building & resource trapping among the injecting community across the globe.
  • How to start and maintain a user group.
  • Forming of a new consumers' subculture - the replacement therapy clients;
  • Organisations Run by DU
  • Drug Users Activists influence on local and global drug policy

Harm Reduction

  • Psycho-stimulants - possibilities of harm reduction and world's experience in this context;
  • Street Work: Street Peer Workers, Street Lawyers, Street Nurses, Street Psychologist
  • Guest dose for participants of substitutive program.
  • Scale up the existing Harm Reduction activities with Care and Support program in the developing and under develop countries.
  • Harm reduction and New Drugs (like cocaine and ATS)
  • More detailed Discussion on issues related to injecting drug users


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