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The Harm Reduction Charter
- The European Parliament have in the account following facts:a) criminalization of drug users has proven to be ineffective and counter productive answer to the drug problemb) criminalization of drug users is leading them to further marginalization and social exclusionc) Harm Reduction is proven to be useful strategy in tackling many of drugs problemsd) Harm Reduction measures are effectively reducing transmission of HIV/AIDS and other blood bonded diseasese) substitution programs and experimental schemes of drugs distribution are:
aa) helping to stabilize lives and are leading drug users toward social inclusionbb) limiting founding of criminal and terrorist organizationscc) reducing crimes that are commit to obtain money for illicit drugsf) drug consumption rooms that are existing in some Member States are limiting health risks of illicit drug useg) alarming rise of new synthetic substances and the need to effectively handle their use through testing purity of drugsh) inadequate access to Harm Reduction programs in some of the Member States, mostly in the Central and Eastern Europei) need to further expand accessibility and variety of Harm Reduction measuresj) some of the Harm Reduction measures requires depenelization or decriminalization of possession of illicit drugs for personal use
- The European Parliament is recommending following:a) establishment of Harm Reduction, as primary and leading strategy in all of the Member Statesb) create special budget line for Harm Reduction programs and support of further debate on drug policiesc) guarantee equal and broad access to all Harm Reduction measures including but not limiting to:
aa) needle and synergies exchangebb) substitution therapycc) testing purity of drugsdd) consumption roomsee) experimental drug distribution schemes
d) stop punishing recreational and problematic drug users for possession of illicit drugs for personal use
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