As part of activities to mark the International Day for Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Network of CSOs on Drugs in Nigeria Enugu representatives lead by African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) and in partnership with PRAWA, Child Youth Support Initiative and Society for Improvement of Rural People (SIRP) organised a one Day Forum for CSOs and NGOs from the South-East region at the Sunshine Hotels, Enugu,
During the forum, lectures were given on UN Word Drugs Day Campaign: Let’s Develop Our Lives, Our Communities and Our Identities without Drugs; Drugs and Health Challenges; Understanding the “Support. Don’t Punish” Campaign and Nigeria Drug Law and Policy.
The Enugu CSOs Forum is part of the global advocacy “Support. Don’t Punish” campaign to raise awareness of the harms being caused by the war on drugs.
The campaign aims to promote drug policies that respect human rights and protect public health, to change laws and policies that impede access to harm reduction interventions and other evidence-based services, and to end the criminalization of people who use drugs
At the forum, participants recognised and agreed that in Nigeria: The drug control system is broken and in need of reform, People who use drugs should no longer be criminalized and Human rights law should be recognised as a core element of the national legal framework for drug policy.
The “Support. Don’t Punish” campaign is a global initiative being led by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), Harm Reduction International (HRI), and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. It calls for investments in proven effective and cost-effective harm reduction responses for people who use drugs, and for the decriminalization of people who use drugs and the removal of other laws that impede public health services.