More than 55 years have passed since UN have adopted the Single Convention on
Narcotic Drugs and almost three decades since its last update. Since
then, many things have changed. Illicit drugs, instead of disappearing,
have become a wide and mass experience. Unfortunately, it resulted in
many casualties because of many reasons, like Hepatitis C and
AIDS, that has taken its deadly harvest.
that moment mankind has developed new ways of handling the drug issues.
Harm Reduction has started just as a brave idea, but now has become
a leading ideology in the Western world. Still though, even in the
European Union, some of the Member States from Central and Eastern
Europe are denying its effectiveness in tackling harms made by
consumption of narcotic drugs.
that reason, we in Europe and beyond, need a single act - a set of obligations for international community- that would
unite the continent and the whole world so that the Harm Reduction would become a standard. Many, not only
in Asia or Africa, are still denied access to basic Harm Reduction
services like needle exchange or methadone therapy.
the other hand, more progressive countries are introducing Harm
Reduction measures such as drug consumption rooms or even heroine
distribution. Activities, that in the light of UN Drug Convention, are
somehow in the 'gray zone'.
is also an issue of cannabis. Relative harmless drug for possession of
which users are still punished, sometimes even in the prison terms.
that is why we are coming with the idea of the Harm Reduction
Convention, that would be at the beginning introduced by the Council of
Europe and the European Union to later become the fourth Convention on
are just on the beginning of long road towards this goal and we need
Your help in that. As the very first step of our action, we have started
public consultations on the draft of the core text of the Harm
Reduction Convention. We believe that a lot of you have a lot of
knowledge and experience in Harm Reduction and Drug Policy and therefore we are asking you to join us in this fight for the greater good.
read the original text of our proposal, discuss it among your members
and send us your comments, corrections and proposals at the address: email@example.com.
ask you to help us and if you for some reasons do not want or cannot
join our team, we understand, but would be thankful for distributing
this letter to your acquaintances and friendly organizations.
The newly born Harm Reduction Convention project is looking for a talented graphic designers that would like to take care about visual side of it.
Our project aims at creating a new Convention on Narcotic Drugs that would guarantee all drug users and addicts equal access to Harm Reduction measures, as well that they will be no longer punished for possession of their favorite substances for personal use.
We cannot yet offer you a salary but we offer you our respect and prominent place among our members.
If you think you are right person for this task please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know somebody that would be interested please tell him about this opportunity.
After months of silence we are coming out with great news. The Harm Reduction Convention have its own website. We have also extended a time for which we are waiting for Yours comments, amendments and proposals regarding text of the convention.
Please visit our site. Read the text and send your comments. If you think that you can help us even more, please join us and do not forget to share this great news with all of your friends.