Reforma de las leyes sobre drogas

Myanmar: la ONU apoya la reforma de la política de drogas en el país mientras el cultivo de opio aumenta

La Oficina de la ONU contra la Droga y el Delito recomienda que el Gobierno de Myanmar adopte un enfoque basado en las pruebas empíricas y la salud en su legislación sobre drogas, aplicando estrategias prácticas que persiguen reducir los efectos negativos del uso de drogas. Más información, en inglés, está disponible abajo. 

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By James Bunn

The Myanmar government is receiving support from the UN to develop a new national drug policy, as the rates of opium cultivation continues to rise in the country.

Myanmar’s drug policy is currently governed by the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law (1993). Under this legislation, people who use drugs face three years imprisonment if they fail to register their narcotic use. It is mandatory for all people who are registered as using drugs to attend so-called “drug rehabilitation” centres. These facilities are run by private non-governmental organisations, implementing unregulated treatment methods.

The government is also in the process of implementing a large-scale 20-year poppy eradication programme, which was launched in 1999.

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