A number of West African countries are considering, or are already in the process of, revisiting their drug laws. The purpose of this Model Drug Law is to respond to this need for reform, by providing legislative provisions and commentary based on international and regional commitments.
In this response, IDPC analyses the 2017 INCB Annual Report, paying special attention to its foreword, its thematic chapter on treatment, as well as the cross-cutting issues of health, human rights and cannabis policies.
UNAIDS sheds light on the global progress toward ending the AIDS epidemic, noting it has slipped dramatically off-track. People who inject drugs remain 22 times more likely to live with HIV than the general population.
The authors argue that despite the growing salience of harm reduction in the new Master Plan, implementation is likely to be significantly hindered by the 'war on drugs' framework that structures the country's drug control responses.