Anti-Stigma Week aimed at drug users

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.