Information on the Purpose
INDRO e.V. is a non-profit and non-government advocacy organisation for harm reduction and rational drug policies founded in 1991. INDRO operates a low-threshold drop-in center for drug users and patients receiving methadone and other substitution treatments for opiate addiction, runs a consumption and injecting room, conducts research projects, produces a book series and publicizes booklets and other material on drug-related issues. INDRO seeks to put into practice alternatives to irrational, harm producing drug policies (prohibition) and one-sided, abstinence-oriented addiction treatment approaches (abstinence paradigm).
We believe that the core of today's drug problem is the criminalization of drug users and the prohibition of drugs, rather than either the drugs themselves or any addictive personalities. Consequently, our harm minimisation activities aim at the following:
Since 1991 INDRO has been operating a low-threshold drop-in center* for drug users providing, for example:
legal advice, advice on interstate and international travels, safer use, safer work and first aid counseling, recreational activities, psychosocial counseling, support of self-help user groups, needle and syringe exchange, medical care, provision of food, crisis intervention, assistance with finding GPs or specialised services prescribing methadone and/or buprenorphine, jobs or accommodation, and managing financial problems (e.g. debts, rents).
The leading maxim for providing assistance is the principle of absolute voluntariness. The overall objective is to help reduce the health risks and improve the users' quality of life in the light of their criminalized living conditions.
After eight years of bureaucratic red tape INDRO had been granted approval for operating a consumption and injecting room (CIR) – INDRO first applied for receiving an operating license in 1993! The injecting room opened on April 10, 2001. For further information click HERE.
On January 1, 1998, INDRO started to operate the "International Coordination and Information Service for Methadone Patients Seeking to Travel Abroad", now called "The Coordinating and Information Resource Center for International Travel by Patients Receiving Methadone and other Substitution Treatments for Opiate Addiction" (“The Travel Resource Center”)
INDRO representatives participate in
federal state and state expert committees,
Honorary members of INDRO are:
(This page last revised August 9, 2010)