Greek Drug & Substitution Users Union / Greece

Successful rallies in front of the Ministry of Health to prevent closing OST services

“In 2013 Greece had been in the centre of attention. Things like the austerity measures, public health service cuts and the social costs of all these measures draw a lot of international media attention. On top of that a HIV crises emerged.

However, during these difficult conditions, drug users seem more prepared than ever to support advocacy for their rights and contribute their experience and practical knowledge.  Our initiative, the Greek Drug and Substitution Users Union, started in 2011 out of the need to advocate for our peers’ rights. We just felt we were ready to take action and let ourselves, not the professionals, speak for ourselves.”