The Unharm Queer Contingent came together in January 2016, catapulted into action by shared anger and frustration about the policing of queer and other urban spaces with drug detection dogs; concern about the gradual disappearance of Sydney’s queer party spaces; commitment to progressive drug policies, especially the decriminalization of drug use, and intertwining histories of enjoying and caring deeply about music, community, diversity, social justice, play and pleasure.
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You might have noticed it doesn’t happen every day in drug policy. That’s why the past week has been so significant - major wins on the Welfare Reform Bill and on pill testing.Read more
You know that thing about drug testing people on welfare? This afternoon, Labor met to decide whether to back the Turnbull Government’s plans.Read more
A small group of Federal Liberal ministers have come up with the idea that people who are addicted to drugs can be punished into recovery. After years of trying, they have managed to get their agenda into draft legislation, and unless we stop it, it will become law.
Having now decided that I wanted to end my dependence on opioids I had to find how I was going to achieve this. Naturally, first and foremost was reducing my methadone dose. I was taking 60mg a day at this point.
At this point in my story I was on the cusp of falling into a deep opioid addiction. Though I lived at home again, I felt distant from my family and didn’t try to involve myself in family life much either. I was using oxycodone and morphine tablets, sometimes heroin, frequently enough that I found myself craving a hit most days.
Unharm is in an exciting phase, building on the first three years’ work with an evolution to a new team structure. The idea is to help people become like you become leaders in our movement and in Unharm. This will help us become bigger, better and more powerful together.Read more
Unharm has been invited to make a submission to a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into drug law reform. You are invited to contribute to Unharm’s submission to the Inquiry. You don’t have to live in Victoria to take part.
Seven years ago, I was what some people would call a heroin addict. Today I have a first class honours degree and work abroad. I want to tell my story to help shatter the stigma that surrounds people addicted to illicit drugs and show the potential that each of those people has inside.
In 2016 Unharm was invited to make a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine. The submission was accepted by the Committee and in accordance with Inquiry protocol can now be published. You can access the submission here.