The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) has published a report entitled: “Why wouldn’t I discriminate against all of them?'” A report on stigma and discrimination towards the injecting drug user community.
Previous research by AIVL found that stigma and discrimination associated with people who inject drugs are both institutionalised and pervasive and that many people view this stigma and discrimination as ‘good’ for the community as a whole. Due to these findings, AIVL decided to “explore a range of questions from the perspective of people who inject drugs, to ask how current attitudes towards our community have developed over time and left us in a situation where we are almost universally categorised as social pariahs whose lives are of no value.”
Although focused on experiences in Australia, the report offers recommendations for policy, education, peer empowerment and staff training on an international level and a fascinating background on the historical development of drug use and the societal creation of stigma.
You can access the full report here.
For additional insights, including further experiences of injecting drug user communities worldwide, we encourage you to read the NGO Delegation’s 2011 Report on Legal Environments and HIV Responses.
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is the national peak organisation for state and territory peer based drug user organisations and represents issues of national significance for people who use or have used illicit drugs. Its mission is ‘to promote and protect the health and human rights of people who use or have used illicit drugs’.