Neglect by decision-makers

An issue influencing the involvement of drug users is the role of decision-makers.  Decision-makers are likely to be the ones initiating the participation process to involve drug users in services and in decision-making:  they most often create the climate and the conditions in which consultation and participation takes place.  However, the participation and involvement of peers or community members is often neglected by service providers, policymakers and other decision-makers, because it is considered a time-consuming and disrupting process.