International Remembrance Day held on the 21st July was originally founded 16 years ago by parents and other supporters in Germany who were calling for more liberal drug policies and critical harm reduction services such as heroin prescription and opioid substitution treatment. In 2013, drug user organisations, family and parent groups from many countries organise events together usually with the overall motto of ending the harm from the ‘war on drugs’ and remembering loved ones.
The main national event in Australia will be held on 22nd of July in Kings Cross with the unvieling of a memorial tree to remember those who have passed from drug related issues including overdose, HIV and viral hepatitis. Other events are occuring across australia, and over 70 cities world wide willl be acknowledgeing this day and calling for an end to the war on drugs and punitive drug policies.
This page is in memory of all those who are no longer with us and contains a variety of reports, media articles, videos and opinions relating to the failed prohibitonist policies and war on drug users.
- AIVL MEDIA RELEASE: Drug Users Are People – Not Just Collateral Damage in the War on Drugs!
- INVITE: Kings Cross Memorial Tree Unveiling for International Remembrance Day – Invitation
- NEWS: Tree to be planted in Kings Cross Park as memorial to victims of drugs – www.dailytelegraph.com.au
- MEDIA RELEASE: Family Drug Support
- VIDEO: Sir Richard Branson via video to the International Harm Reduction Conference calling for drug law reform
- VIDEO: Steven Lewis, Co-director of Aids Free World via video to the International Harm Reduction Conference
- REPORT: “How May Cones, How Many Pills, How Many Lines of Coke? Estimating the size of Australia’s market in illegal drugs and its potential for raising revenue under a regulated market" by John Jiggins
- AUDIO: John Jiggins at launch of “How May Cones, How Many Pills, How Many Lines of Coke? Estimating the size of Australia’s market in illegal drugs and its potential for raising revenue under a regulated market”
- New DPMP Report – Australian Government’s Expenditure on Illicit Drugs in 2010: Treatment, law enforcement, prevention and harm reduction