A 2015 report compiled by the Oireachtas Justice Committee recommended that the possession of drugs for personal use be decriminalised, while almost 75% of the population agrees with the availability of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
On International Overdose Awareness Day 2018, WHRIN calls attention to the gender specific needs of women who use drugs (WUD) and the need for urgent responses to address the ever rising death toll for accidental overdose.
Shockingly, not one such programme operates in low-income and middle-income countries, despite the reality that these countries bear a disproportionate burden of the harm to public health associated with drug use.
The WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD)'s pre-review on cannabis has concluded there is enough evidence to conduct a thorough assessment about the current international scheduling of cannabis.
The workshop focused on seven key groups of detainees who have specific needs and who, according to the Nelson Mandela Rules and other standards, therefore require specific measures to be put into place to protect them and safeguard their rights.