A global network promoting objective and open debate on drug policy
You can’t solve a public health crisis by locking people up. Jim Pugel knows this. After more than 30 years with the Seattle Police Department, he’s seen first-hand that sending people to prison for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses doesn’t work.
This note summarizes what was said during the informal luncheon roundtable convened by the United Nations University in July to measure the impacts of drug policy choices on development trajectories and outcome.
The report seeks to understand how to manage the harms caused by drugs in a way that minimises negative societal and personal impacts—and how to fundamentally uproot the prohibitive, militarised drug-control approach that remains entrenched in the region.