Blogs

They say that the pen is mightier than the sword, but it may well be in the digital age that the keyboard is more powerful than both.  Below are listed some recommended harm reduction blogs from across the globe (Click on the blog titles to visit).

Black Poppy’s Junk Mail

Black Poppy Publications is a non profit making voluntary organisation that creates and produces the drug user’s health and lifestyle magazine.  The blog is a comprehensive and informative resource that addresses issues relating to drug treatment, harm reduction and human rights.

Drugs, Internet, Society

Drugs, Internet, Society is a blog written by Australian alcohol and other drugs researcher Monica Barratt.  With a particular emphasis upon how the technologies of psychoactive drugs and digital networks intersect, Drugs, Internet, Society contains thought provoking writing, addressing the challenges and opportunities posed to the Alcohol and Other Drugs sector by new technology.

 

Drugs – News, Comment and Debate

This blog  written out of the UK provides analysis and review of media coverage and policy announcements relating to alcohol and other drugs in our communities.  This blog offers a rational and non moralistic alternative to the mass media reporting that has all too often been the main source of information for many regarding alcohol and other drug issues.

Injecting Advice

Injecting Advice is written by Nigel Brunsdon a harm reduction worker in the U.K. and is a way of getting harm reduction information to injecting drug users.  The aim of the blog is to provide an information resource for both injectors and drugs workers. The site includes guest articles, free to use workshops, assessments and handouts. Injecting Advice is also home to the Hooked podcast series.

INPUD’s International Diaries

The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) was established to represent the interests of drug users on the international drug policy stage.  The blog contains information from across the globe about human rights issues pertaining to drug users, promoting drug users rights to self determination and harm reduction.

Limit of Shunt

The Limit of Shunt, a blog based in Australia challenges inaccurate and imbalanced media reporting regarding alcohol and other drugs issues.  With cutting and incisive wit coupled with an eye for evidence, Limit of Shunt’s rationale is that without a change in how the media reports alcohol and other drug issues, the same discriminatory and stigmatising norms regarding substance use will continue in our communities.

Russell Webster

Based in the U.K., Russell has worked full time as an independent consultant, researcher, writer and trainer specialising in the fields of substance misuse and crime since 1996. Russell launched this blog dedicated to stimulating debate around the rapid changes in the way we deliver public services. The blog covers four main areas: Payment by results; Digital engagement; Social Media innovation and Drug user/Offender health.

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One Response to “Blogs”
  1. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂 Glad the blog is useful to people. Your blog is damn awesome too: a real contribution to the movement towards sensible drug policy and safer practice.

    If anyone out there is considering ‘should I start a blog? should I not? Is it a waste of my precious time’, I say, if you have something to write about, do it. I am not prolific at all and I often go a while without a post, but the presence of the blog has had major positive effects for me: opportunities have come my way that never would have found me if not for the public presence it provides.

    Hopefully some of that energy translates into reduced harm across our various uses of psychoactive drugs 🙂

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