“I learned how determined harm reduction organizations are, and how important it is. I also didn’t know how many addicts there were in Israel and how amazing it is that there are people that help them, and it’s a shame that these things aren’t talked about more often in the public sphere.
#SupportDontPunish in my eyes means the new awareness that is rising about drugs as something that is inseparable from human life on earth.”
“I learned about the “good people” project, they create safe zones at festivals to guide young people towards safe drug use and avoid abuse or accidents.
#SupportDontPunish means to me that there is a huge difference between drug “use” and “abuse”. Support and information can guarantee safe experiences and even save lives.”
“I learned that incarceration doesn’t solve the problem of drug abuse by people, mainly from the weakened parts of society. And that just relating to them as humans with their own choices and own needs can bring much better and healthy outcomes.
#SupportDontPunish to me means that change needs to come from within the community. We can’t ignore the problem. and we need to suggest our own alternatives to the current situation.”
“What I learned is that there really are good formats and programs that know how to support people in their use and don’t try to fight it. This is totally new to me. We can help people understand how to use drugs in a safer way and not just scare them.
#SupportDontPunish to me is about government organizations that are beginning to help people and understand the real root of the problem. That really moved me.”
“I learned that there are five cities in Israel that have needle exchange programs, and I think that’s amazing that it is funded by the ministry of health. It really made me happy to hear this.
#SupportDontPunish for me is a model for hope. Because I think that there are lots of people that get to a point where they break the law and get punished, and they are in a place of weakness and I don’t think people should be punished for being weak. We need to help them get up instead.”
“#SupportDontPunish to me means advocacy instead of incarceration.”
“We’re far from having a healthy relationship with drugs as a society. But at this point prohibition doesn’t help to get to a solution.”