The fifth issue of Drugs - Policies and Practices

Drugs - Policies and practices 

Issue Topic - Why is education important?

C O N T E N T

Introduction

Non-formal Education –Instigator of Social Changes

The expertise results from the information, knowledge and skills professionals acquire through formal and non-formal education as well as through the personal and professional experience. Non-formal education is particularly significant because we are all aware that formal education fails to completely satisfy the need for personal and professional development of the youth, while non-formal education contributes in the process of livelong learning and development of the human capital. Author: Anica Dimovska

Towards education based on facts rather than stereotypes

In September 2015, the Coalition “Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities” published the analysis “Drug Use and Living with HIV in Education.” The analysis covered 22 textbooks and teaching materials for secondary and higher education in Macedonia in respect to contents related to drug use and HIV/AIDS. On this occasion we talked with the editor, Dragana Drndarevska. According to Drndarevska, the general findings reveal that textbooks and teaching materials abound with stigmatization and discrimination against drug users and people living with HIV. The aim was a call for urgent changes of the textbooks and learning materials and the improper and incorrect contents from different aspects that contribute towards stigmatization and social exclusion of drug users and people living with HIV. Interviewer: Irena Cvetkovic    

Education a Prerequisite for Promotion of the Rights of People Who Use Drugs

The terms “junkie,” “narcomania,” and “narco addict,” are contained in all textbooks, contrary to the human rights protection standards, thus violating the dignity of people who use drugs. Apart from the use of these derogatory terms, the authors frequently place them in a negative context to identify PUD as criminals and perpetrators of criminal acts. Furthermore, some of the textbooks contain incorrect information regarding drug use regulation, classification of drugs, and the effects and consequences of drug use. Author: Natasa Boskova

Back to the drawing board: Excerpts and impressions from the Summer School on Addiction

This summer, the Belvedere Hotel in Ohrid was the venue for the Summer School on Addiction, organized for the fourth time by HOPS – Healthy Options Project Skopje. There were twenty participants from different profiles – psychologists, social workers, legal advisors, doctors and students from the Faculty of Security Studies. The intensive program lasted for 8 days, including several interactive daily block lectures, as well as a visit to two harm reduction centres in Ohrid. For me as a young person and professionally still not developed psychologist, gathering experience by working in any field where my profession is of benefit is absolutely indispensable. Considering that drug addiction, a subject lurking over the mental health of the individual and the community, is lacking in the curriculum of our faculties I decided to apply for the Summer School on Addiction from one simple reason: to acquire the basic information on this issue, which then I can upgrade depending on future opportunities. I can sincerely say that the participation in the School helped me surpass my humble expectations – instead of confirming the well established stereotypes, I discovered many new questions, part of which I will try to share in the following text. Author: Marija Grubor

Lectures on Tuberculosis and HIV Co-infection

Before the lectures, people who use drugs in Kumanovo did not know what tuberculosis was or about HIV/AIDS co-infection. They believed it is a fatal disease without cure. This was the knowledge available to them. The lectures increased their interest. Author: Robert Jovanovski - Kotorac

Contemporary Trends in the Use of Psychostimulant Drugs and New Psychoactive Substances in the World and in Macedonia

Psychostimulants or simply stimulants are legal or illegal psychoactive substances that induce temporary improvements in either mental or physical functions or both. They are commonly known as uppers and have opposite effect to opioids or depressants also known as downers. Author: Davor Smilanov 

Lawyering on the Margins in Macedonia

From 2011, the Open Society Foundation has been supporting a unique global meeting of lawyers who work with marginalized communities such as: people who use drugs, sex workers, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people. The event Lawyering on the Margins connects lawyers from different countries throughout the world who use the law to contribute towards social change. The first meeting was held in 2011 in Copenhagen, the second in 2012 in Cape Town, and the third in 2014 in Vancouver. This year the Open Society Foundation in Macedonia, HOPS- Healthy Options Project Skopje and the Coalition “Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities” in Skopje organized the fourth Lawyering on the Margins event held in Ohrid and Skopje. Author: Natasa Boskova

Michel Foucault on Drugs

A lot of key individuals in philosophy and the contemporary thought have discussed drugs. One of them was the famous French philosopher Michel Foucault who spoke about drugs without hesitation in several interviews.

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