La política de drogas en Asia Meridional está basada en un enfoque de “tolerancia cero” con una legislación punitiva que se fundamenta principalmente en el encarcelamiento de personas involucradas en delitos de drogas. Los servicios de reducción de daños y de tratamiento continúan siendo de baja calidad. En el campo de la oferta, las campañas de erradicación forzada han sido incapaces de reducir la producción de opio en la región.
Tandon recounts how India's decision to impose a lockdown, forcing people who use drugs to go through withdrawals without treatment, can result in tragic deaths, highlighting the need for a policy change.
Gutierrez provides an analysis of how the participation of communities in the production of crops deemed illicit often represents a coping mechanism in relation to pre-existing forms of structural marginalisation, whilst exposing these communities to further vulnerabilities.
Whilst WHO member states aim to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030, interviews with 'at risk' individuals suggest that insufficient awareness of the illness and a lack of health facilities act as barriers to these ambitious targets.
Harm reduction workers in Afghanistan face an unjust paradox: Despite providing key support for people who use drugs and people living with HIV, they are often excluded from the public health community.
This participatory workshop will offer a space for experienced campaigners in Asia to reflect on advocacy achievements, identify and prioritise pending challenges, and devise context-specific strategies for expanding the impact and reach of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign.
IDPC evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented in Asia over the past decade, assessing progress made towards international and regional goals and concluding on the need to move away from the damaging drug-free approach.
IDPC outlines the key drug policy developments in India since the UNGASS Outcome Document was adopted in 2016, which highlights health and human rights concerns in relation to both drugs and drug policies.