Stories about Drop-In Center
At the beginning of February Russian Government blocked a web-site of the Moscow nonprofit organization Andrey Rylkov Foundation on the request of the Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS). This was the first case of enforcement of a new domain seizure rule which allow the law enforcement agencies to request domain seizure without a court order.
Recently two Ukrainian bloggers focused on harm reduction issues posted a story of a patient of the opiate replacement therapy from the town of Shostka. The patient appeared to be in a serious trouble, and despite that fact the main reason of the problem was his behavior, the other patients did everything they could to help him.
The work of the activists of the Association of Substitution Therapy Treatment of Ukraine is focused on making live of the patients of opiate replacement therapy more comfortable, helping them to better integrate back into society. Because of the efforts of the Association and other harm reduction NGOs with the support of international organizations, the situation in this area is slowly changing for better.
A discussion board of the web-site Motilek.com.ua run by Ukrainian non-profit organization and RV grantee Drop-in Center unites people living with drug addiction where they can share advice about issues held in common.
A popular Ukrainian internet website published an article that was critical of opioid replacement therapy programs. The online discussion that took place in the comments section shows that there is a healthy debate about the role of this programs in society. Some bloggers also took the discussion over to their sites.
The Association of Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine (ASTAU) started to offer blogging workshops to its member in 2011. In an email interview, Olga Beliayeva, the head of the Association, talks about how these workshops have helped its members express themselves and put a personal face to the mission of the ASTAU.
Bloggers from the Ukrainian harm reduction community was very disturbed with the detention of Russian activist Irina Teplinskaya, who was accused of of drug smuggling after returning from treatment in Ukraine. Irina was eventually released from prison with all charges dropped.
How does substitution therapy change the life of the people living with the drug addiction? Bloggers of the Association of Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine use their blogs to share their personal and firsthand stories.
Blogger Pavel Kutsev of the project Drop-In Center compares how substitution therapy is perceived in other countries in comparison to his country of Ukraine. Cartoonists also published drawings about the subject in the Drop-In Center's online newsletter.
The Rising Voices grantee the Drop-In Center has been providing an online newsletter for clients and their families, and the latest issue provides special words of advice for friends and families on what to do when a loved one becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Igor Kuzmenko, an activist with the Association of Substitution Therapy Advocates in Ukraine, recently blogged about a workshop held in Estonia, where he learned about the issue of Hepatitis C in the country, and suggests the steps the people living with drug addiction could undertake to fight the virus.
Activists of the Association of Substitution Therapy Advocates of Ukraine use the web-site of the Association to share the stories about the international conferences they attended and to tell their counterparts about the new experience and new knowledge they acquired on various international meetings.
Ukrainian activist of harm reduction programs discuss on the web the issues which are vital for people living with a drug addiction. One of these issues is the necessity for special opiate painkillers when a drug addict is taken to a hospital.