Statement: Drug use and drug dependency itself is not a mental health condition

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Our new statement from INPUD and HRI raising concerns about the conflation of drug use and mental health. We wrote this in response to ongoing global discussions, including among key international donors. I know it will be an issue in which a lot of you have strong expertise and experience. Drug use and mental health issues can co-occur, but conflating the two is inaccurate, stigmatising and might have long term harmful consequences to the community, including removing the agency and capacity of people who use drugs to make decisions about their own bodies and lives.

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