The report seeks to understand how to manage the harms caused by drugs in a way that minimises negative societal and personal impacts—and how to fundamentally uproot the prohibitive, militarised drug-control approach that remains entrenched in the region.
Myanmar’s return to drug trafficking, which also includes a thriving trade in methamphetamine, comes as the country opens up to the world and sheds the shackles of five decades of isolation and dictatorship.
The growing interest in ancient plant materials and preparations like ayahuasca has become part of the growing debate around psychoactive substances, leading to an upsurge in repression and legal prosecution of its use and distribution.
The Pope plans to embrace one of Bolivia’s strongest indigenous traditions by chewing coca leaves. In doing so, the pontiff could give a boost to the Bolivian government’s efforts to gain international legal status for its sacred leaf, which is erroneously banned as a narcotic drug in the 1961…
The second edition of the Alternative World Drug Report demonstrates that the current approach is creating crime, harming health, and fatally undermining all “three pillars” of the UN’s work – peace and security, development, and human rights.