Bikas Gurung is a pro-drug user rights activist. As a person dependent on drugs, he is dedicated to the right to self-determination in any individual’s decision to use drugs – recreationally and dependently without any criminal sanctions or coerced treatment. He received his Master’s degree in Public Health from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2015 and in a short period of time, has become one of the young leaders for drug policy reform and harm reduction among drug using communities in the Asian region. He is also a photographer and a filmmaker at heart. One of his early documentary films about issues of young people who use drugs in Nepal got him ‘The Best Film Award’ at the 2013 Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. He currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand and has been involved (full time) as Program & Communication Manager at the regional office of the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD).
Few groups and committees that Bikas has been a member of/representing at are the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC); United Nations Strategic Advisory Group on drug use and HIV; UNODC Civil Society Group on drug use and HIV (as alternate); and other Asia-Pacific regional forums.
Some of the major works that Bikas has led, managed, authored or developed while performing his role at ANPUD, such as advocacy campaigns, events, blogs, reports, and documentaries can be found on the official website of ANPUD. You can find external links to ANPUD YouTube Channel, ANPUD event sites and social media accounts in this same link: http://www.anpud.org