Ecuador's National Council for Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (Consep) has announced a new scale to use to differentiate between drug users, microtraffickers and large scale traffickers when handing down prison sentences.
The 2013 UN Special Rapporteur on Torture found that severe abuses in health care settings amount to cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment, and even torture, it further pointed out that denial of care is also an issue.
The World Health Organization is calling for ambitious new global targets for diagnosis, treatment and cure of viral hepatitis, signalling a major increase in momentum towards elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030.
At the CND intersessional meeting on 12th June, countries and regional groups were invited to submit their first ideas for what could be included in this Outcome Document - here is a list of all contributions made public to date.
Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, legislators have a plan to impose order on the erratic patchwork of inconsistent policies that currently govern the billion-dollar industry.
While many countries have in recent years eased restrictions on access to vital medicines for pain relief, Guatemala has bucked the trend with a new initiative, a move which will lead to the unnecessary suffering of patients in the country.