AIVL's First Mardi Gras 2022
People Who Use Drugs (PWUD), experience stigma and discrimination which creates significant barriers preventing them from accessing the same health and human rights as others in the community. Mardi Gras gave us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on issues that have been kept in the dark for far too long and generate a broader discussion around the need for harm reduction measures and putting an end to the stigma and discrimination against PWUD.
AIVL’s key messaging for this year’s Mardi Gras was Harm Reduction Saves Lives and Spotlight on Overdose. Overdose is a concerning issue at present, with overdose-related harm being responsible for thousands of hospitalisations and deaths in Australia annually. Over 35000 lives have been lost in the last 20 years. Deaths to drug overdose have claimed triple the number of deaths in the past 3 years than Covid-19.
AIVL will continue to utilise every platform possible to advocate for the health and human rights of people who use/have used illicit drugs.
AIVL On ABC News - Mardi Gras 2022
AIVL is the national organisation representing people who use/have used illicit drugs and is the peak body for the state and territory peer-based drug user organisations.
Jake Docker, CEO, AIVL – email email@example.com