ABOUT US

The Polish Drug Policy Network was established in 2008 as a social initiative with persons with substance use disorders and drug users. In 2014, the Foundation of the Polish Drug Policy Network was also created, which implements the mission and vision of the Network through projects and initiatives. Therapists, doctors, lawyers, employees of the prison service, social workers, educators, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the users of psychoactive substances are involved in the activities of the Network.

The key projects implementing the PDPN mission are focused on educational activities and advocacy for rational drug policy in Poland, addiction prevention, training activities, legal and social counseling, and rehabilitation activities in detention centers. The Foundation also collaborates searching for innovations and exchanging best practices in harm reduction and rational drug policies at municipal, national and international levels.

PDPN is a member of various bodies associated with the international drug policy reform movement. One of them is the European Union’s Civil Society Forum on Drugs – a broad platform for dialogue between the European Commission and European expert organizations. We are also members of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network – a regional network of harm reduction programs and their allies from 29 countries in the region of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) and the International Drug Policy Consortium. PDPN is also a member organization in the Warsaw Social Dialogue Committee for Counteracting Drug Addiction and HIV / AIDS.

MISSION

Our mission is to initiate and support activities aimed at changing the approach to the drug problem, both in Polish law and the social awareness of the topic. By referring to human rights, we counteract the stigma and discrimination of people who use drugs, people with substance use disorders and those who use it recreationally.

Based on reliable knowledge and scientific research on the risks and potential of the use of psychoactive substances, we promote the latest scientific achievements in the field of addiction therapy and the medical use of these substances.

Our goal is public education driven by factual information based on scientific research about the consequences of psychoactive substances use.

ACTIVITIES

Polish Drug Policy Network advocates in the parliament for opioid addiction treatment with prescription-based...

In Poland, people struggling with opioid use disorder can benefit from substitution treatment for almost 20 years now. Treatment and dispensing of drugs take...

Polish Drug Policy Network has launched The Polish Psychedelic Society!

The Polish Psychedelic Society (PTP) is an initiative formed by Polish Drug Policy Network to popularize and support scientific research on psychedelic substances (psychedelics) and to...

Drug policy during the COVID-19 pandemic

The spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. In the current context, NGO’s working with...

BREAK THE SILENCE! LET’S TALK ABOUT DRUGS

Professor Monika Płatek, Professor Viktor Osiatyński, eminent specialist od dependency treatment Bohdan  Woronowicz, musicians Stanistaw Soyka, Tomasz Stańko, Michał Wiśniewski and singer Natalia Przybysz,...

POLISH DRUG LAW

Drug Policy and the Polish Criminal Justice System

“We just do not have the time for that” – that sentence has echoed in my mind since the last conference. What does it...

Report of the Ombudsman for Drug Dependent People

This is the second edition of the report of the office of the Ombudsman for Drug Dependent People. Specific criminal cases clearly demonstrated the...

Changes in the law recommended by the Polish Drug Policy Network

The Polish drug law is the second most restrictive in Europe, after the drug law in Belarus. The Act on Counteracting Drug Addiction requires...