INPUD's pre-briefing for people who use drugs prior to the 63rd CND

In line with the demands laid out in the Vancouver Declaration, INPUD seeks to promote the health and defend the human rights of people who drugs globally by challenging and exposing stigma, discrimination and the negative impacts of criminalisation on peers and communities. We primarily do this through amplifying and representing peers in global advocacy at international agencies such as the United Nations and those undertaking international development work, such as the Global Fund.  Additionally we support the growth and development of national and regional peer networks engaged in advocacy, service delivery and community building. We believe people who use drugs must be meaningfully represented in the decision-making processes which affect our lives, and that peers posses unique insight through our lived experience which can be utilised to strengthen health services and harm reduction programmes. 

The following represent some of our core advocacy positions and examples of actions, publications or other documents we've produced to support this work. This list is not comprehensive, but comprises our key organisational positions which we feel are non-negotiable when it comes to seeking the highest attainable quality of life for people who use drugs.


Decriminalisation of all drugs


February 2021

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.

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. 

In the time of COVID-19: Civil society statement on COVID-19 and people who use drugs
This statement directed at global decision making bodies and member states, endorsed by over 300 organisations and individuals, was developed by INPUD in collaboration with the International Drug Policy Consortium and Harm Reduction International. Available in English, Russian, French and Spanish.

COVID-19: Enacting a 'New Normal' for People who Use Drugs
This commentary in the International Journal of Drug Policy presents a set of recommendations to UN agencies, governments, donor agencies, academics, researchers and civil society, challenging these actors to work alongside people who use drugs to enact a new reality based on solidarity and cooperation, protection of health, restoration of rights and dignity and most importantly to mobilise to win the peace.

Joint Civil Society Letter on 2021 UN Treaty Bodies Reviews in the Context of COVID-19
INPUD joined over 500 civil society organisations in expressing our concern about the functioning of UN Treaty Bodies during the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge the Treaty Bodies and their Secretariats to schedule State reviews no later than 2021, and OHCHR to prioritise resources and tools for this.

This page is a hub of INPUD's resources, reports, publications and campaigns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


COVID-19 Crisis: Harm Reduction Resources for People who Use Drugs

Our hub page contains guidelines and resources concerning the availability and delivery of harm reduction services during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as practical advice for people who use drugs during the pandemic to mitigate risks of infection and how to keep themselves safe during lockdown and emergency measures. 


COVID-19 Survey Reports: Health & Rights of People who Use Drugs in a Pandemic Environment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, INPUD has committed ourselves to supporting our global community through the collection and reporting of information on the experiences of people who use drugs via an online survey. The results of this survey have been collected into two series of reports - available in five languages - which details how the pandemic has induced changes into health services and the human rights environment from a peer perspective. 


INPUD Publications and Global Advocacy During COVID-19

17 February, 2021

Download a PDF of this statement here.

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. For INPUD it is also an opportunity to celebrate the enormous contributions of Black peers and communities who are engaging in critical work to improve the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs everywhere.

We also acknowledge that although progress has been made, we still live in a society where systemic and societal racism perpetuates an immense amount of harm and violence onto Black communities. The prohibition of drugs has always been rooted in anti-Blackness, anti-Otherism and xenophobia. Historically the criminalisation of drugs in the United States has followed the legacy of Jim Crow laws, segregation and other laws perpetuating systemic racism against Black communities. The impacts of this are still felt today. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, nearly 80% of people incarcerated for drug offenses in US federal prisons and almost 60% of people in state prisons are Black or Latin American. Research shows prosecutors in the US are twice as likely to pursue a higher sentence for a drug crime if the person arrested is Black than if the person arrested is white. One in 13 Black people of voting age in the US are denied the right to vote because of felony disenfranchisement laws, and one in nine Black children has an incarcerated parent.