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Veronica, Kaliningrad

For my first time, I was brought to hospital in an ambulance because I was suffering with fever heat. After fluorography, the doctors reached a verdict: it was double pneumonia. At the time, I used drugs systematically. Nevertheless, my drug addiction didn’t affect the treatment. I didn’t miss injections, I took the pills and didn’t leave the unit. In other words, I was a conscientious patient. I didn’t pay attention to the fact that I had urinary tests every other day.

17 July 2014

Igor Kuzmenko, Member of the Managing Committee, Eurasian Network of People Who Use Drugs, Ukraine

Do you know the most popular topic for discussion among members of peer help groups for patients participating in the programs of opiate substitution therapy on our website? It is the suspension of Global Fund financing of harm reduction programs in 2016.

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Varuzhan Abramyan, Head of NGO ‘Awakening Potential’, Armenia

Opiate Substitution Treatment – it’s our program, and we develop the rules. ‘I’m craving changes in my life, but I’m afraid of cops’, - this is the opinion of one of the participants of the unique research ‘Why don’t potential participants of Opiate Substitution Treatment program in Armenia want to participate in it?’

Vitaly Rabinchuk, member of the Working Committee of Eurasian Network of People Using Drugs, leader of PULSE initiative group, Beltsy, Moldova

Fed up with the police, drug users prefer knocking out in the cemetery. They selected one specific grave of a certain Ivan Petrovich. Now it’s a standard phrase: ‘Well, let’s visit Ivan Petrovich?’ – ‘Of course’. In addition, it’s extremely convenient: in case of overdose, you’re already on-site!

Larisa, Kaliningrad

Starting in July 2013, the initiative group of Eurasian Network of People Using Drugs (ENPUD) from Kaliningrad started implementing a project called ‘FORMATION’. The project is directed at drug users community representatives and the goals are to: strengthen legal security; mobilize and unite the community; and teach them how to defend their rights. The list of services the project provides includes legal consultations, recording cases of rights’ violation, legal and litigation support.

Olga Ponomareva, leader of the community of people using drugs and living with HIV, social worker of the charity organization «Club «Svitanok» (Yenakievo, Ukraine)

It's no secret that women who use drugs are among the most stigmatized group. They perceive this negative attitude towards them as normal. Their life situation is awful: healthcare providers refuse to provide them with medical services, everyone else ignores or scorns them; But, the police are the worst...

17 September 2013

Masha Tvaradze, Independent Consultant for Harm Reduction and TB

The first workshop of the conference was engaging harm reduction programs in provision of TB screening and treatment for people who use drugs. The goal of the workshop was to discuss which services should be prioritized in delivering TB and harm reduction services for people who use drugs and to identify successful strategies and interventions in this area.

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