Day of Action 2018

Cities: Reus and Barcelona

This year the ARSU association, in collaboration with other groups, hosted the event at the University Hospital Sant Joan de Reus because it is symbolically special with a statue of a woman who had just given birth to a child. ARSU activists (30 people) installed an information tent. The statue held one of the banners of the campaign and was witnessed by hospital visitors and directors of the hospital. This theme was chosen  to vindicate the rights of women who use drugs, who are doubly punished by prohibitionist policies and punished when their capacity and legitimacy are questioned in relationship to aspects related to motherhood. To this end, the authorities of the same hospital and local government were informed, as well as different press releases to cover the event. APDO, AUPAM and XADUD carried out an awareness campaign among their members in their respective venues and took photographs of the different events in Barcelona.



Day of Action 2017

In Reus, members of the ARSU user organisation set up an information stall in the city’s main square. Their message was focused around gender-inequality in drug policy, both the stigma felt by female drug users and also celebrating the recent attention given to gender-specific policy on the international stage.

Media Coverage:

Politica Local, 25 June 2017: Por favor, una vez más ¡Apoye, No Castigue!Ca

Canal Sur Almeria, 27 June 2017: NOESSO – Dia internacional lucha contra la droga

Canal Reus, 26 June 2017: Prevenció i formació: les armes contra l’abús de drogues i tràfic illícit


Day of Action 2016

On 27th June, CATNPUD (the Catalan Network of People Who Use Drugs) organised actions in BarcelonaLleidaSanta Coloma de Gramanet and Reus involving drug user networks taking the streets and public places to raise awareness and engage media and policy makers. Federación Andaluza ENLACE also organised an action in Seville. 


Day of Action 2015

In Seville, Federación Provincial de Drogodependencias Liberación gathered in the Plaza Nueva (in front of the city hall), with support from NGOs in the province. The NGO ARSU in Reus (Tarragona) organised a gathering in the market square to celebrate the Support. Don’t Punish day of action.


Day of Action 2014

In Andalucia, ATANI, Federacion Andaluza Enlace and UNAD launched a manifesto to call for a reform of the Spanish Criminal Code and protest against budget cuts in the field of harm reduction. In Reus (Tarragona), ARSU also organised an action to sensitise the public around the need for harm reduction.

Media coverage:


Day of Action 2014

Federacion Andaluza ENLACE organised an assembly of organisations working on drugs issues in Seville on 7th June, including street art and awareness raising activities.

Media coverage:


Day of Action 2013

The “Support.Don’t Punish” Day of Action was held in Seville and was organised by the Federación Andaluza Enlace. More than 70 people demonstrated in a public square wearing “Support. Don’t Punish” T-shirts, and read a manifesto to the local representative of the Spanish government, to raise awareness on the risks of social cuts and calling on the government increase economic support for harm reduction programmes for people who use drugs.

The event was broadcast in different influential media outlets, such as TVE.

Lead organisation:

Media coverage