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.
The conference is arranged by SERAF, City of Bergen, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Research Council of Norway in collaboration with proLAR, Bergen Clinics, Helse Bergen, SIRUS and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
This short report provides an overview of how European countries are developing innovative legal responses to the challenges presented to public health and drug policy by the rapidly evolving market for new psychoactive substances.
In the UK there is increasing acceptance of the medical use of cannabis within the medical profession, but this has only been reflected marginally in government policy and a significant number of people are not authorised to receive medication which they believe will alleviate their condition.
For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kicks off our new “Global Compass” series, examining novel approaches to policy problems.
The UK governments response, as presented by Lord Bates to Lady Meacher’s question as to whether cannabis could be re-scheduled, out of schedule one, which determines that it has no medicinal value, to schedule two or three was to parrot the Home Office’s usual line on cannabis being a harmful drug.
Supervised drug consumption facilities aim to reduce the acute risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent drug-related overdose deaths and connect high-risk drug users with drug dependence treatment and other health and social services.
To mark the International “Support Don’t Punish” Day of Action on 26 June, the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Abolition of the Death Penalty invite you to Human Rights, the Death Penalty and International Drug Control: Avenues for UK action.
This report by the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths (NFDRD/The Forum) discusses its work as an independent expert advisory group of professionals and representatives working to reduce drug-related deaths in Scotland.
Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Paris have to date all put in applications to open a supervised injection site (SIS) for drug users, becoming the first to do so under a groundbreaking law introduced last month.
This conference will discuss the increasing use of New Psychoactive Substances and will provide speakers and delegates with an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences as well as hearing about the latest national perspectives.
This course will provide students with the core legal foundations of human rights and drug control, present tools to undertake research and will introduce the political landscape of policy reform in the lead up to the UNGASS and beyond.