Myanmar's drug policy has historically focused "mainly on supply reduction and law enforcement [leading] to limited results." Myanmar has now decided to "develop a balanced and comprehensive drug control policy ... including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation".
Despite efforts by the Russian Government to target harm reduction & HIV prevention organisations, the Moscow City Court has refused to bring charges against the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice - the largest provider of such services in Moscow.
Whilst over half of countries with IV drug use have some form of harm reduction programmes, the total spend in low and middle income countries on harm reduction totals only $160m. Much work remains to be done.
Should more countries follow the example of Portugal, which decriminalised the possession of all drugs 16 years ago? Or do drug laws need to be further tightened to achieve success? Live debate - give your opinions now!
People who inject drugs are a notable subset of HIV/AIDS patients worldwide. If HIV/AIDS is to be effectively tackled by 2030, IV drug harm reduction must not be sidelined, allowing users to slip through the net.
50% of prisoners held on death row are convicted of drug-related crimes despite an absence of evidence for its efficacy. Promises of drug law reform by the Thai Ministry of Justice may move Thailand towards ending the death penalty.