Western Europe remains at the forefront of evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions. The majority of the countries in the region have adopted a health-based strategy towards drug use (including decriminalisation of possession for personal use), and are moving towards more proportionate sentences for drug offences.
Women Drug mules made headlines in UK news throughout 2013 bringing to light misconceptions of drug mules and highlighting accounts of coercion and threats to transport drugs but also voluntarily involvement, motivated by poverty and financial difficulties.
There is nothing to prevent those at risk of opiate overdose being prescribed naloxone now, and yet over 50% of local authorities, who are now responsible for commissioning drug treatment in England, do not currently provide it.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy calls on European institutions to raise Europe’s voice in the global debate on drug policy, and to share the results of decades of pragmatic and scientifically monitored efforts.