The OAS and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala launch the initiative "The Voice of the Youth of the Americas", a creative and complementary exchange that will allow the youth to compete with concrete proposals to find new approaches to the global drug problem.
For Washington and the UN drug control bureaucracy, the extent to which the ongoing drug-control reforms across the Americas are pushing the boundaries of the global legal framework laid down in three UN drug-control conventions has become a delicate issue.
While the insurgency steals the headlines, a separate and growing problem remains "under the radar" in Thailand's South; the number of injecting drug users (IDU) is on the rise and their rights and quality of life are being eroded.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy has launched the campaign, “Hey, We Need to Talk About Drugs”, a series of advertisements addressing key facts and recommendations around the failure of the war on drugs.
Former President of Switzerland, Ruth Dreifuss, and former President of the Portuguese Republic, Jorge Sampaio, call for nations to set up a new international drug strategy for the twenty-first century.
In 2010, after a two-year boom of legal highs businesses on Polish high streets, the government decided to crack down on this trade. However, despite their efforts, the imposed ban has had little effect.