Little by little, drug users are developing a growing influence on the international policy stage. And Australian users are showing the rest of the world how it’s done at a national
level. Eliot Albert on the rise of global drug user activism.
For the first time in three decades of activism by people who use drugs, we have an internationally recognised organisation, seen by many as being the voice of the global, drug using community. That group, the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), is now partnered on the international stage by the major players campaigning against the appalling situations in which people who use drugs around the world live. Focusing on injecting drug users, the sector of our community that faces the greatest human rights abuses and the most acute health problems, INPUD aims to provide a voice for a heavily marginalised, deeply oppressed community of some 26 million people globally.