According to Mr. Ivanov, 200,000 drug users are charged with administrative and criminal charges each year, and redirecting these individuals into treatment will help the overall situation with drug use in the country.
Recent mass executions by Indonesia have thrown the international spotlight on the death penalty for drug offences, and ignited debates between abolitionist and retentionist States on the legality and efficacy of this sanction.
The theory behind the handout programme is that giving meth pipes to drug users may steer some away from needles, which are far riskier than smoking, especially if the user is sharing with another person infected with HIV or hepatitis C.
The growing interest in ancient plant materials and preparations like ayahuasca has become part of the growing debate around psychoactive substances, leading to an upsurge in repression and legal prosecution of its use and distribution.
In order to feed into the report being prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the UNGASS, NGOs from all over the world have submitted their contributions on how drug control affects human rights.
HCLU has warned that rates of hepatitis C infection among injecting drug users in Budapest almost doubled between 2011 and 2014 – in a period when access to harm reduction programmes rapidly decreased.
Ecuadorian lawmakers have proposed a historic piece of legislation aimed at decriminalising all illegal drugs while establishing a system that provides prevention and rehabilitation programmes as an alternative to jail.
WHO has released a new version of the Model List of Essential Medicines to include new treatment options for hepatitis C, hence improving access to ground-breaking drugs that could greatly impact public health around the world.
A consortium of over 100 human rights and drug policy organizations have released an open letter calling on the UN to prioritize human rights over punitive law enforcement in its approach to drug laws.