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Pompidou Group. (2020) Human rights and people who use drugs in the Mediterranean region: current situation in 17 MedNET countries. Strasbourg: Council of Europe. 60 p.

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Human rights approach for people who use drugs should concern every single dimension related to drug use:

► Health approach at the policy level: drug use must be considered rightly as a medical condition to be taken care of by qualified health professionals;

► Treatment must be available, accessible, affordable and science-based, with the best practices;

► Prevention must be based on science, facts and best practices;

► Data collection must be considered as a part of the right to access information for the community and the professionals;

► Rehabilitation and social reintegration must be provided;

► Access to treatment and care for specific populations must be available: people who use drugs in prisons, sex workers, pregnant women, migrants, refugees, elderly, etc.;

► Fight against stigma and raising awareness in the society as a whole is needed;

► The adaptation of the law to the human rights approach especially for minors and non-trafficking users;

► Promoting the right of people who use drugs to create their own NGOs and self-help groups;

► Promoting the right to access treatment for all the consequences of drug use;

► Promoting every strategy aiming at reducing the health, economic, social and legal consequences of drug use.

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