Things are not always what they seem, and we need to see the whole picture.
We need your help to find out what's happening.
Untangling these drug concerns begin with your real world stories, and continues with working together.
Drug problems are never just about drugs
Inextricably linked to so many other things — health, education, economics, socio-economics, culture, politics, the criminal justice system, a person’s own social environment — it’s almost overwhelming. Almost.
This is why we're calling on you
to raise concerns.
to fill in the gaps.
to add to the knowledge base.
to share your experiences and skills.
Problems that aren’t just one problem do not have just one answer. Policies that are truly person-centered must take into account the very many perspectives on the experience of drugs — and we need yours.
Let's work together!
Let’s realize a world where it doesn’t matter if someone is taking drugs or not, what matters is each one of us is thriving.
SOME THINGS WE HAVE DONE
The 17th Congress is currently deliberating proposed bills to reinstate the death penalty in the Philippines. Most of these bills take off from the government's ongoing "war on drugs," which sees people involved with drugs as criminals who should be dealt with harshest penalty of death. (Read the rest of the statement.)
NoBox founder and director Ma. Inez Feria spoke at the United Nations as a panelist on drugs and health last February. This was at the Informal Stakeholder Consultation, in preparation for what was then the upcoming UNGASS. As sole representative from the Philippines, she spoke on Harm Reduction, Health, and Human Connection: "Harm reduction—kindness—simply put, saves lives. And isn’t that the whole point?" (Watch the video.)
During the 24th International Harm Reduction Conference in Malaysia, NoBox joined other civil society organizations from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Cambodia in issuing a joint declaration calling upon ASEAN to reassess its drug strategy. (Read the Joint Declaration.)
Dr. Andrew Tatarsky from The Center for Optimal Living in New York came to the Philippines for five days of talks and workshops on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy attended by rehabilitation center managers, medical doctors, treatment providers, guidance counselors, and government officials. It kickstarted a partnership with the Dangerous Drugs Board of the Philippines, who, with NoBox, are now preparing to train the nation's therapists in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. The second leg of Conversations with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky was held in Indonesia, in partnership with Adi Guna Nusantara. (Watch the videos.)
People shared their ideas of hope and support through paintings and photos, ending the day with a roundtable discussion with people from various fields highlighting how a multi-secotral approach can create an environment where each person is free from stigma and harm. (See the pictures.)
NoBox released an official statement against Senator Sotto's call to close down the Needle/Syringe Program in Barangay Kamagayan, Cebu. (Read the statement.)
NoBox released an official statement regarding the death sentence of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia. (Read the statement.)
The experience of drugs is a human experience: nuanced, complicated, and even fascinating. This exhibit brought together in poetry and in painting the diverse lenses with which we see this shared humanity. It got people talking, and in these new conversations, we're reminded that no matter the story and whatever the circumstance, there is Still, Life.
(See the pictures of the exhibit opening | closing | artwork.)
This was not only the first in our ongoing Conversations series, but Conversations with Dr. Carl Hart was NoBox's first official event. Dr. Carl Hart from Columbia University discussed the science behind drugs and drug policy -- and why so much of what we know today are myths. (Watch the videos.)
Over 3,000 killed, thousands collared; 'shabu' supply scarce, prices soaring
(Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News | June 30, 2017)
Rehab in the time of drug war
(Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News | June 28, 2017)
The drug scene, a year after the Close Up Forever Summer party
(Ana Santos, Rappler | May 15, 2017)
Advice to gov't: Address context of drug use, don't stigmatize
(Arlanne Merez, ABS-CBN News | February 10, 2017)
Southeast Asia's war on drugs doesn't work - here's what does
(Gideon Lasco, The Conversation | December 21, 2016)
TV Patrol: Paano Napagtagumpayan ng Hong Kong ang Laban sa Droga
(Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News | November 29, 2016)
Group Scores Duterte, Congress Allies for Insistence on Death Penalty Revival
(Gerry Baldo, The Daily Tribune | November 26, 2016)
Drug users don't deserve death, policy reform advocates say
(Kristian Javier, Philstar Global | November 26, 2016)
An alternative to Duterte's war? Facing Filipinos' drugs demons
(Dung Phan, ASEAN Today | October 21, 2016)
Methamphetamine Abuse Colors Politics in the Philippines
(Mike Ives, New York Times | October 13, 2016)
Killing in the Name: Inside the Philippines' Bloody Drug War
(Nathan A. Thompson, The Fix | August 15, 2016)
More rehab centers needed amid anti-drug war
(Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News | August 5, 2016)
Drug treatment reforms in the Philippines race against daily killings
(Joanne Lu, Humanosphere | August 3, 2016)
Talking to your kids about sex, drugs, and rock and roll
(Ma. Stesha-Mikli Feria Jorge, Rappler | June 13, 2016)
Region's harsh drug policies slammed by experts
(Daniel Besant, SEA Globe | May 5, 2016)
The world's biggest drug policy meeting is set for tomorrow.
(Inez Feria, Business World | April 17, 2016)
Light at the End of the Tunnel
(Web Master, Health and Lifestyle | September 18, 2015)
In defense of giving drug users free needles
(Patrick Angeles, Business World | July 13, 2015)
For drug users, compassion without condoning
(Eppy Gochangco, The Philippine Star | June 30, 2015)
An exhibit's humane view on drug use
(Jasmine Cruz, Business World | April 29, 2015)
I'm a drug addict but I don't want to go to rehab
(Eppy Gochangco, The Philippine Star | March 24, 2015)
HELP US SPREAD THE WORLD
Below are some data infographics and the transcript of our United Nations speech. Feel free to download and share.