Time has come to embrace a different approach and adopt policies that are based on public health, community safety, human rights and development. Only such policies will deliver on the promise to improve people’s lives; only such policies will truly allow Myanmar to reduce the harm caused by problematic drug use, trafficking and production.
We identify the following 5 key strategic interventions.
- Increase access to health, harm reduction and voluntary drug treatment for people using drugs
- End the criminalisation of drug users and small-scale farmers
- Refocus law enforcement efforts on violent organised crime and large-scale drug production and trafficking
- Promote development projects in opium growing areas
- Include civil society and affected communities in policy reform
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