Striving for equity

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Published on October 22, 2016

Author: IDHDP

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1. INTERNATIONAL DOCTORS FOR HEALTHIER DRUG POLICIES Global Addiction Conference Venice October 2nd – 4th 2016 “Doctors striving for equity for People who inject drugs Dr Chris Ford IDHDP Physicians globally unite for health based drug policy

2. Phase 1 80% of the world’s population is denied access to morphine – while 20% consume almost all of it. It is hard to think of a greater injustice that has largely arisen from the misunderstanding and fear of international drug policy This is why IDHDP launched its campaign “Striving for equity in the treatment of pain.” Physicians internationally united for health based drug policy INTERNATIONAL DOCTORS FOR HEALTHIER DRUG POLICIES

3. Striving for equity in the treatment of drug dependency INTERNATIONAL DOCTORS FOR HEALTHIER DRUG POLICIES

4. Alexey Kurmanayevskiy 34 years

5. “ I started thinking about substitution therapy in the framework of human rights because it is about the basic right to life [and] access to healthcare in a safe environment. When I went to the court to request access to OST – and when I got all my requests rejected – I realised an attempt to change the rules in Russia is not only about the access, it’s about Russia’s general approach to dealing with illicit drugs, as well as HIV prevention. I saw how human rights are diminished because of the desire to achieve the so-called drug-free world, and the ideology of drug control which obviously would never be achieved Many people in Russian society do not know anything about drug dependence, but the lack of social protection in Russia is the main reason why many turn to drug use, to get some relief. I believe another reason is the repressive drug policy that makes people who experiment with drug use permanently stuck. When the person is arrested or hooked up by the state in other ways, they are doomed to remain in this sphere because there is no mechanism to help. There is only a mechanism to oppress. And that’s the main reason why there’s an ever-growing number of drug users.”

6. Striving for equity in the treatment of drug dependendency evidence based treatment• To improve access to Agonist Opioid Therapy (OST) • Methadone and buprenorphine • On WHO essential medicines list • 156 countries (out of nearly 200) report injecting drug use BUT only 82 offer them to people with opioid problem This is why IDHDP launched phase 2 of campaign “Striving for equity in the treatment of drug dependency”

7. Striving for equity in access to evidence based treatment •HCV •HIV •Naloxone Physicians internationally for health based drug policy INTERNATIONAL DOCTORS FOR HEALTHIER DRUG POLICIES

8. IDHDP is an international network of medical doctors seeking to change ill-conceived drug policies that currently increase disease, reduce access to essential medicines, prevent people receiving treatment and infringe on human rights Physicians internationally for health based drug policy INTERNATIONAL DOCTORS FOR HEALTHIER DRUG POLICIES

9. By joining IDHDP you will be adding your voice to the campaign Join at www.idhdp.com Phase 2 will be launched in November Get involved Twitter @idhdp Physicians internationally for health based drug policy INTERNATIONAL DOCTORS FOR HEALTHIER DRUG POLICIES

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