The IDPC Drug Policy Guide brings together global evidence, best practice and experiences to provide expert analysis across the spectrum of drug policy.

Each chapter of the Guide introduces a specific policy challenge or principle, and presents advice and recommendations to promote effective, balanced and humane drug policies at the national, regional and international levels:

  • Chapter 1 describes the five core policy principles to which all IDPC members agree as the basis for our collective advocacy work 
  • Chapter 2 outlines the key issues related to public health – from scheduling and access to essential medicines, to drug prevention, harm reduction and treatment services. 
  • Chapter 3 offers guidance on the criminal justice system – including alternatives to incarceration, proportionate sentencing, regulated markets and decriminalisation, as well as policies in prisons.
  • Chapter 4 finally turns to development, alternative livelihoods and the rights of indigenous groups.

This analysis has been made possible through the contributions from many IDPC members – including networks of key affected populations – and is the only document of its kind to provide such a broad and comprehensive investigation of what works and what doesn’t in drug control policies.

Series of infographics on the IDPC Drug Policy Guide:

Previous iterations of the IDPC Drug Policy Guide: