2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Asaba

Organisations: SSDP

“It was an exciting one for me, having to speak with young students in Secondary School about drug policies and the need to support the campaign “Don’t Punish”. Having to answer their questions and explain more on the importance of having and implementing sensible drug policies was an experience for me”.

2018

Day of action 2018

City: Kogi State

Organisations: Student for sensible drug policy, Student for liberty.

We had a seminar where we educated students on the hazards of drug abuse and also let drug abusers know they should be loved and cared for rather than been brutalized and punished. Later on we embarked on what we called ‘sensible trek’ where we raised awareness for a sensible drug policy (SSDP).

 

2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Abuja, Adamawa, Awka, Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Kaduna, Kano, Keffi, Lagos, Owerri, Uyo
Organisations:Drug Harm Reduction Advocacy Network Nigeria. With Drug Free and Preventive Healthcare organization, Taimako Health Support Initiative, Charity Heart for Good Health Initiative, Youthrise Nigeria, Heroes Health Community Support Initiative, Global Health and Social Awareness Foundation, Mistletoes Community Health and Rights Initiative, Autamaimasa Foundation, Youth Awake for Better Society, Health Action Support Initiative, Initiative for Youth Development Change in Nigeria.

Drug Harm Reduction Advocacy Network Nigeria, the drug user network in Nigeria comprising sixteen (16) drug user led organizations in 13 states of Nigeria organized the “Support Don’t Punish” event in Nigeria. The event was to draw attention to the wide spread stigmatisation and discrimination of people who use drugs occasioned by drug policies that are not evidence-based and violates the rights of drug users as people. The theme adopted for the event was; “WE ARE PEOPLE; SUPPORT DON”T PUNISH”. The event was supported by funding agencies, National NGOs and Government Agencies.  The event was planned to bring together members of the public, stakeholders and drug users in a space where interactions and activities could be jointly carried out; as a strategy for reducing stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs and help draw support for advocacy for change of drug policies to policies that are rooted in “Human Rights, Science and Public health”.


City: Abeokuta, Delta State, Ibadan, Kogi, Lagos
Organisations: Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Nigeria

In  Abeokuta, SSDP Nigeria organised several educational talks on the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic campus that focused on human rights, mental health, harm reduction, and why stigmatisation is harmful to people who use drugs. The team also spend the previous day participating in a street rally that included participation by law enforcement officials and representatives of the state Ministry of Health.

In Delta State, SSDP members conducted an educational seminar with high school students modelled after the Just Say Know Peer Education program, continuing the drug education campaign that has been very successful in Nigeria this year.

In Ibadan, SSDP members engaged in a walk to commemorate victims of drug overdose. They invited community members to discuss drug misuse with SSDP students and talk about why the misuse of drugs should be viewed as a medical issue rather than a criminal issue.

In Kogi, there was a campus march and members also discussed 911 Good Samaritan Policies with students, emphasising the need to help people who use drugs get treatments without the threat of incarceration.

In Lagos, SSDP members went to the Lagos State Youth Parliament where they engaged in discussions about youth-centered drug policies with representatives of the local government. Students got media attention as they stood outside the Parliament building in SSDP shirts while holding Support Don’t Punish signs.


2017

Day of Action 2017

Over 100 Civil Society Organisations sent an open letter to the Nigerian Ministries of Health and Justic, Senate Chairs for Drugs, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, and senior figures in law enforcement and the prison service. The letter calls for a review and reformation of national drug control to ensure that health, human rights and well-being of all Nigerians is the central goal. Read it here

In Lagos, the Equal Health and Rights Access Advocacy Initiative (EHRAAI) in collaboration with the Nigeria Network of People Who Use Drugs (NNPUD) held a community dialogue on the negative trends of criminalising PWUD. Speeches were given on the topics of harm reduction, and the disproportionate harms of criminalisation on women. Youth RISE Nigeria screened a short documentary and an engaging Q&A session followed. Read the full report here

2016

Day of Action 2016

In Abuja, the Community Intervention Network on Drugs (CIND) organised an interactive stakeholder engagement action to discuss drug policy in Nigeria. The event was targeted at government enforcement agencies, including the Nigeria Police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

In Enugu, activists held a forum on drug policy reform, an interactive photo campaign and a radio programme to present the campaign.

Media coverage

2016

Nigeria marks ‘Global Day of Action’ in support of drug dependent citizens

This article was originally published on Naija Magazine Online

Community Intervention Network on Drugs (CIND), which comprises civil society organisations involved in drug prevention education, rehabilitation, research and policy engagement, led Nigeria to mark the ‘Global Day of Action’ with the message ‘Support Don’t Punish’, with reference to drug dependent citizens.

Coordinator of CIND,  Dr. Ebiti William said the Network decided to carry the global message to government enforcement agencies including the Nigeria Police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) amongst others. According to him the aim of the global message is to raise support for the decriminalisation of citizens dependent on drugs. He noted that some drug dependents may be struggling with a medical condition. He further stated that over time, criminalising users has not worked. This therefore calls for a change in strategy.

Receiving the network during the courtesy visit to the Force Headquarters, the Force Medical Officer, AIG Kaumi Ahmadu thanked the team for their effort at keeping all stakeholders abreast of international trends and best practices. He assured that the Nigerian Police is now reformed to deal with emerging trends, and pledged the support of the Police. The Principal Staff Officer (PSO), Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) of NDLEA, Mr. Suleiman Labo, speaking during a visit to the NDLEA Abuja office emphasised that generally speaking, the NDLEA does not prosecute drug users. They are counselled and supported, he stated. He advocated for community based treatment to deal with Nigeria’s drug abuse menace.Coordinator of CIND,  Dr. Ebiti William said the Network decided to carry the global message to government enforcement agencies including the Nigeria Police and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) amongst others. According to him the aim of the global message is to raise support for the decriminalisation of citizens dependent on drugs. He noted that some drug dependents may be struggling with a medical condition. He further stated that over time, criminalising users has not worked. This therefore calls for a change in strategy.

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2015

Day of Action 2015

A roundtable for the media, government stakeholders, law enforcement officers and people who use drugs was organised in Abuja to raise awareness of the need for drug policy reform. In Enugu, the African Law Foundation held a seminar to discuss the campaign.

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