Latest News, Resources and Events

April 2021

INPUD Statement at the 64th Commission on Narcotic Drugs: Decriminalisation and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
This statement was delivered by INPUD at the plenary session 64th Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This statement was delivered as an intervention under Agenda Number 9: Contributions by the Commission to review and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

'We are the Evidence' - Community-led Responses on Decriminalisation, COVID-19 and Harm Reduction
This webinar is a discussion on why and how people who use drugs should be at the centre of advancing policy towards decriminalisation of drugs. INPUD, along with HIV Legal Network, UNAIDS and the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, presented this virtual side event at the 64th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Drug Decriminalisation: Progress or Political Red Herring?
INPUD is excited to present the first ever peer-led analysis of drug decriminalisation models. This report is intended to open up the debate on decriminalisation and make clear the expectations people who use drugs have for future action on drug policy reform. Most importantly, it includes a call for full decriminalisation without sanctions as the new baseline for measuring progress on decriminalisation in the future. 

INPUD Monthly Digest - March 2021
INPUD’s Monthly Digests are intended to keep our member and supporters informed about INPUD’s activities month to month, as well as updates from national/regional networks and relevant news in drug policy. This edition covers March 2021.


March 2021

INPUD Condemns anti-Asian Racism and Bigotry
INPUD strongly condemns the sharp rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, racism and bigotry around the world. These hate crimes are founded on the scapegoating of Asian people and fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet anti-Asian bigotry long predates the pandemic and is closely tied to the war on drugs.

From Invisibility to Influence: The Evolutions of Participation of People who Use Drugs in the Global Fund
This case study tells a story of the challenges drug user-led networks face nationally to participate in Global Fund proposal development and decision-making. It highlights the progress that has been made with support from the Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Strategic Initiative (SI). It also showcases the progress, impact and outcomes of people who use drugs participating in the Global Fund.

Key Populations Push US Secretary of State for Funding
Alongside several other key population networks, INPUD sent a letter on 25 March to United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken regarding the future of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a $85 billion investment in the global HIV response which has had profound impacts on communities across the world.

Goodbye, Andrea Fallarini
Our comrades at the Italian Network of People who Use Drugs (ItaNPUD) shared a beautiful tribute to their peer and friend Andrea Fallarini. Andrea spent his entire life working  alongside the most powerless and the most disenfranchised, and will be remembered for his intlligence, big heart and endless passion. 

In Loving Memory of Jude Byrne
Jude Byrne was an extraordinary woman, mother, grandmother, friend and drug user activist who touched the lives of countless people around the world. A founding member of INPUD, Jude will be remembered as a pioneer and a hero to the global community of people who use drugs.

INPUD Monthly Digest - February 2021
INPUD’s Monthly Digests are intended to keep our member and supporters informed about INPUD’s activities month to month, as well as updates from national/regional networks and relevant news in drug policy. This edition covers February 2021.


February 2021

Black History Month 2021: Acknowledging History and Working Towards Racial Justice
February marks Black History Month in the United States, an annual observance where we take time to remember the important people, events and achievements of Black communities and their critical role in shaping the world as we know it today. Read INPUD's statement celebrating the enormous contributions of Black peers and communities while also calling on all of our members and supporters to take time and critically evaluate this work in the context of racial justice. 

Taking the Lead: Addressing the Critical Role of Communities in Research
Much of the research which informs policy and decision making systemically excludes communities and key populations such as people who use drugs, people who live on the streets, transgender people, sex workers and men who have sex with men. Given this, it is more crucial than ever for community-led organisations to engage in research and learn to apply it to our work. This webinar, originally conducted February 18th, discusses the importance of communities engaging in research by presenting the success of a recent community-led, multi-country values and preferences study on Hepatitis C Self-Testing. You can now view the full webinar for free on YouTube. 

Peer Driven or Driven Peers? A rapid review of peer involvement of people who use drugs in HIV and harm reduction services in low‑ and middle‑income countries
This rapid review written for the Harm Reduction Journal, conceived and written by INPUD’s Executive Director Judy Chang, Andy Guise and Shaun Shelly along with community and civil society leaders examines available literature with the goal of critically assessing the evidence in support of increasing peer involvement in low and middle income settings. 

Joint Response to the UNAIDS Strategy Tream on the Global AIDS Strategy 2021 - 2026
The following letter, drafted by INPUD with support from the European Network of People who Use Drugs, Harm Reduction International, and YouthRise, was submitted to the UNAIDS strategy team in response to a draft of the Annotated Outline of the Global AIDS Strategy. The letter has been endorsed by over 30 community-led networks, drug policy and harm reduction organisations.

Crib Sheet on Participating in the 6th Global Fund Partnership Forums
This Crib Sheet provides practical guidance on participating in the 6th Partnership Forums of the Global Fund and highlights key discussion points, which can be used to advocate for community priorities during the Forums.

INPUD Monthly Digest - January 2021
INPUD’s Monthly Digests are intended to keep our member and supporters informed about INPUD’s activities month to month, as well as updates from national/regional networks and relevant news in drug policy. This edition covers January 2021.