Campaigns

There are some great campaigns happening at the moment. Click below to find out more & get involved!

SIGN OUR PETITION FOR A SUPERVISED INJECTING FACILITY IN NORTH RICHMOND

Read more to show support for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Melbourne

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Face-to-face petitions are an effective way of getting students and young people to have their voices heard on the issue of establishing a harm reduction response towards the open-air drug market in Melbourne’s North Richmond. Yarra City Council and the Yarra Drug and Health Forum have long-campaigned for the implementation of a Medically Supervised Injecting Facility on or near Victoria Street to curb overdoses and drug-related harm to those who inject on the streets, or in public. Earlier this year, Fiona Patten, Leader of the Australian Sex Party, introduced a Bill for a scientifically tested trial to go ahead, heavily criticized by the State Government. By downloading and printing this Drug Consumption Room Petition Form, you can be a part of the process of saving lives for many Victorians.

Please scan the completed petitions to: hello@ssdp.org.au or post to: Students For Sensible Drug Policy Australia, P.O. Box 5019 Brunswick, Victoria, 3065.

See more information on the push of a Melbourne-based Supervised Injecting Facility from The Australian Sex Party and the Australian Greens

THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT'S PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO DRUGS IS NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS UNTIL THE 17TH OF MARCH.

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Read more on making a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Drug Law Reform.

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Parliamentary inquiries are an important avenue for citizens and experts to have their opinions and experience considered in the development and review of public policy. This inquiry into illicit drugs offers an opportunity for your input into how our drug laws function and how they could be improved. Every voice counts and we have developed a submission template to make it easier for you to contribute.The terms of reference for the inquiry are:

1) The effectiveness of laws, procedures and regulations relating to illicit and synthetic drugs and the misuse of prescription medication in minimising drug-related health, social and economic harm; and
2) The practice of other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions and their approach to drug law reform and how other positive reforms could be adopted into Victorian law.

For more information check out the links below and follow us on social media for regular updates.

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Parliamentary Inquiry Template (PDF Doc)

UNHARM'S 'TESTS, NOT ARRESTS' MELBOURNE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

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Unharm are coming to Melbourne to launch a petition for pill testing. Come support the campaign, hear from the experts, see a testing machine in action, and get your questions answered.

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Hear from international experts who are running pill testing services right now. Professor Fiona Measham (The Loop, UK)and Helena Valente (CheckIn, Portugal) will join us over Skype, to tell us about how their services operate and how they made it all happen.
We’ll also be joined by local experts including Dr Monica Barratt, to talk about how pill testing could operate here in Australia.
We’ll have a special guest called Bruker Alpha. He's the kind of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer that’s being used by The Loop for pill testing in the UK..Click here for tickets to the launch, and here for more info on the Facebook event

SUPPORT SYDNEY'S MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTING CENTRE (MSIC)'S ART PROJECT

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Help MSIC secure a community grant for the ongoing security of their annual art project

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‘Art from the Heart of the Cross’ is an annual art project providing a safe, positive and empowering avenue for self-expression for clients of the Uniting MSIC. MSIC provides the resources needed for participants to work on their artwork, then exhibit the artwork in an annual two-week exhibition. Voting closes on November 24 - so click here to vote now!

SSDP AUSTRALIA ARE PARTNERING UP WITH THE GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017

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Take part in the Global Drug Survey 2017.

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SSDP Australia are partnering up with the Global Drug Survey (GDS) 2017 to promote the survey to young Australians. The GDS aims to make drug use safer, regardless of the legal status of the drug, by sharing information with individuals, communities, health and policy organisations. The survey is anonymous and confidential.

INPUD'S GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION - CRISIS IN THE PHILIPPINES

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Please click here to find out more and sign our change.org

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Over the past months, thousands of people who use drugs and people suspected of using and/or selling drugs have been killed in the Philippines. The Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, is responsible: he has repeatedly encouraged the police and the general public to murder people suspected of being drug users and/or of dealing drugs. As a result, people who use drugs no longer have the right to life in the Philippines.

ENERGY CONTROL (SPAIN) HARM REDUCTION STUDY

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Energy Control (Spain) is running a study to acquire knowledge about the strategies that can help people who use drugs to minimise harms related to drug use.

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The results of the survey are intended to inform those who use drugs about safer use practices, and will address topics such as: the type of substance(s) used, their effects, and the things you do to avoid problems when you use. Please follow this link to participate in the study.

 

HRI: THE CASE FOR A HARM REDUCTION DECADE

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Harm Reduction International (HRI) recently launched a new campaign advocating for the increased funding for harm reduction programs globally by the year 2020.

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Harm Reduction International (HRI) recently launched a new campaign advocating for the increased funding for harm reduction programs globally by the year 2020.

The global health network published it's, 'The Case for a Harm Reduction Decade: Progress, Potential and Paradigm Shifts,' report in March this year which details research into HIV, and Hepatitis C, related epidemics among drug using populations.

By analyzing 10 years of international data, the organisation calculated a 7.5% funding shift from law enforcement into that of harm reduction could see an astonishing 93% decrease in HIV-related deaths from people who inject drugs around the world. If this small investment is made by 2020, the Harm Reduction Decade campaign aims to communicate that the elimination of HIV fatalities and transmissions is achievable by 2030. Essentially, it is economic modelling for the wiping out of injecting drug user-related problems linked to the acquisition of HIV and AIDS.

For more information and to show support for the Harm Reduction Decade campaign please visit this website and sign the petition!

VICTORIAN PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO ILLICIT AND SYNTHETIC DRUGS AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

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In November last year MLC Fiona Patten from the Australian Sex Party, with the support of the state government launched an inquiry into drugs, drug treatment and drug policy

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS IN DRUG DETECTION DOG RESEARCH – VICTORIA

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Have you seen drug-detection dogs searching people at dance parties and in public? Have you been searched or identified by these sniffer dogs?

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Have you seen drug-detection dogs searching people at dance parties and in public? Have you been searched or identified by these sniffer dogs?

If the answer yes to either of the above questions, we would like to invite you to participate in a short confidential interview about the perceptions of drug-detection dogs.

Interviews take approximately 30 minutes and you will receive a movie or food and drink voucher (worth $20) for assistance.

To find out more or to make time for an interview, please contact: Dr Peta Malins (Principal Researcher), RMIT University, peta.malins@rmit.edu.au, (03) 9925 2110