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‘Peer’ refers to  ‘equal’ “a person who belongs to the same social group as another person or group. The social group may be based on age, sex, sexual orientation, occupation, socio-economic and/or health status, etc.” (Peer Education Training of Trainers Manual, UN 2003).

A peer is one that is of equal standing, based on age, grade, gender, interests, background, habits or status. This basic ‘likeness of’ is an  essential characteristic of peer work.

“The prohibition of drugs inevitably leads to the development of a community. Drug use is illegal ipso facto drug users are criminals.  Forced to develop economic and social networks to keep one’s individual supply of drugs achievable and I must confess, to keep those not involved in as much ignorance of our activities as possible.  Outside our individual countries we are bonded by a common experience.  That goes beyond language, cultural or regional diversity.  Our common experience of discrimination, our lack of human rights speaks to every illicit drug user.

Jude Byrne, drug user activist, chair person of INPUD, Australia