Drug User Organisations

Australian Drug User Organisations

Australian Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is the peak organisation representing state and territory peer-based drug user organisations. AIVL also represents people who use, or have a history of using, illicit drugs. AIVL operates on a peer-based, user-centered philosophy, meaning AIVL is run by and for-people who use or have used illicit drugs. AIVL actively encourages and relies on the support of people who use illicit drugs and people on drug treatment to become active and have a say on how AIVL operates.

The primary aim of AIVL, like NUAA and state drug user organisations, is to promote the health and human rights of people who use or have used illicit drugs. The organisation believes people who use/have used illicit drugs should:

  • Have autonomy over their own bodies;
  • Be treated with dignity and respect; and
  • Be able to live their lives free from stigma, discrimination and health and human rights violations

An example of the work done by drug user organisations can be found AIVL’s report on The Involvement of Drug User Organisations in Australia’s Drug Policies.

If you live outside NSW and would like to become involved in your local drug user organisation, check out the list of Australian drug users organisations:

  • ACT – Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)

International Drug User Organisations

Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs

INPUD – International Network of People Who Use Drugs

‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ – Statement from Eliot Albers, executive director of INPUD.