In Porto, CASO organised an action focused around crack cocaine harm reduction. Smoking kits were distributed in Cerco, a neighbourhood with noted sale and consumption. In combination with ARRIMO, a harm reduction organisation, there was a more structured training around the smoking of crack and the damage caused by traditional pipes (made of metal or plastic), and the use of damage-reducing pipes made from tempered glass.
GIRUSetúbal/APDES coordinated a street art activity in the city of Setúbal. Two artists, Explicit Citizens, created a painting inspired by SDP themes. While they worked, GIRUSetúbal distributed flyers to members of the public, communicating the urgent need to defend the rights of PWUD as well as the importance of funding for the area of harm reduction.
In Lisbon, two artists painted another SDP inspired piece in one of the busiest parts of the city. An infostand distributed materials on harm reduction, psychoactive substances, and Support Don’t Punish itself. It was very successful, with lots of engagement from the community.
In Barcelos, for the fourth consecutive year, GIRUBarcelos joined the global Support Don’t Punish campaign focusing on two main messages: protecting the right of PWUD and financing harm Reduction. Campaign information was given to members of the public along with a discussion of the importance of needle and syringe programmes. A mandala-inspired art piece, involving natural materials and the components of a needle and syringe kit, was created further to engage participants.
Publico, 25 June 2017: “Apoie. Não Puna”: uma campanha para reflectir sobre a política de droga
Esquerda.net, 26 June 2017: Bloco quer ouvir entidades que promovem redução de riscos para toxicodependentes
Radio Barcelos, 26 June 2017: GIRU Barcelos associa-se à campanha internacional “Support Don’t Punish”, com actividades em Barcelos