Episode 1. The Netherlands, Belgium and France
Drugreporter and INPUD presents the first episode of a 10 chapter long series documenting how people who use drugs around the world have organized and formed collectives and unions to protect and defend the health and human rights of their community. The first episode uncovers the history of the movement in the Netherlands, and how it inspired activists in Belgium and France.
The first episode of the series features Theo van Dam, who – in the footsteps of Nico Adriaans – was one of the founding fathers of the drug user movement in the Netherlands.
Second episode: Canada
Drugreporter and INPUD presents the second episode of a 10 chapter long series documenting how people who use drugs around the world have organised and formed collectives and unions to protect and defend the health and human rights of their community.
Episode 3. Germany, Denmark and Norway
Drugreporter and INPUD present the third piece of an oral history of the movement of people who use drugs. The second episode is about the achievement of drug user groups in Germany, Denmark and Norway.
Episode 4. South Africa
Drugreporter and INPUD present the fourth episode of an oral history of the movement of people who use drugs. This time we discover the vibrant user movement in South Africa.
Episode 5. United States
An Oral History of the Movement of People who Use Drugs. Activists from the United States look back on the history of the movement of people who use drugs in the fifth episode of the documentary series produced by INPUD and Drugreporter. In the country where the drug war was born, people who use drugs have fought for their dignity and human rights for over a decade. They achieved to have needle and syringe exchange legalised in many states, successfully campaigned for Hepatitis C treatment and they fought hard against the extremely harsh criminalisation around the US. In the US last year 70 thousand people died of overdose, and it was activists who, with the leadership of Dan Bigg, have made naloxone widely available. There is even an underground safer consumption facility somewhere in the United States, which saves lives at this very moment. In today’s episode you can witness the oral history of the user’s movement, told by Louise Vincent from the Urban Survivors Union (USU), from Hollis who for a long time worked at the San Francisco Drug Users Union, and from Robert Suarez, who is a long time activist at VOCAL-NY and USU.