While governments measure drug policies primarily based on their capacity to reduce the availability of illicit drugs, this ignores the ‘real world’ impact of drug policies on the health, security, development, and human rights of affected communities. That's why leading researchers have released an open letter asking national governments and UN agencies to commit to revising the indicators currently used to evaluate drug control policies.
It's clear that the way governments evaluate their drug policies dictates the kinds of outcomes that are highlighted. Reform must begin with a hard look at what governments prioritize in drug policy evaluations.
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