by Dr Giulia Zampini
Saturday – 11.00 – 11.30hrs
Drugs and crime are often perceived as inseparable: as two sides of the same coin. Drug takers are regarded as immoral and criminal. The degree of their criminality depends on which drugs they use and how much they use. Poor, injecting, “addicted” heroin users are normally perceived as the most criminal, cannabis users the least. The story goes something like this: “drug addicts” commit crime to pay for drugs, so drug use causes crime. In this workshop, we will question this story, discussing other key factors that determine the relationship between drugs and crime, factors which usually don’t make the headlines.
Summary of event
A harm reduction information booth and a number of workshops providing the general public with educational messaging and tools to better understand drugs, and how to mitigate risks for the self and others. The aim of the information booth and workshops is not to promote drug use, but rather to encourage an educated approach to this widespread social phenomenon. In collaboration with Drugs n Me, the People and Dancefloors project, and the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drugs Policy (ENCOD) the educational booth and additional workshops are being backed by professionals in the field of public health, toxicology, and drugs policy.