From the Mountaintops: The Evolution of Swiss Drug Policy

Creator: Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)
Contact: István Gábor Takács, Stefania Kapronczay takacsistvan@tasz.hu; kapronczay.stefania@tasz.hu

Description: In the late 1980s, Switzerland witnessed a significant increase in the use of injected drugs and was hit hard by the harms associated with it, such as increased HIV infection and rising crime rates. This short film by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), a grantee of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program, outlines how the country successfully resolved these problems through the introduction of an innovative national drug policy based on scientifically proven methods, not rhetoric. The HCLU video advocacy team interviewed Professor Ambros Uchtenhagen, head of the first heroin maintenance program in Switzerland; Felix Lengweiler, the chief of security police and policing of narcotics crime at the Zurich City Police; and Uwe Serdült, deputy director, Centre of Research on Direct Democracy at the Zurich University.

Country: Switzerland
Population: People Who Use Drugs
Issue: Access to Healthcare, Access to Medicines, Harm Reduction
Length: 16 - 30 Minutes
Language (Spoken): English