Drugs are part of our community and all kinds of people, including nice people, are users.
AIDS Vancouver Island is touting the message during Greater Victoria Anti-Stigma Week, which runs until Feb. 14. The slogan “Nice people take drugs” is borrowed from a U.K. anti-stigma campaign.
A 2009 survey by Health Canada found about half of B.C. residents had used illegal drugs in their lifetime.
Films, discussions and meetings mark the week. For a list of events, go to www.harmreductionvictoria.ca.
The idea behind anti-stigma week is to stop the marginalization of drug users, AVI said.