Welcome to the second edition of the IDPC Drug Policy Guide. The Guide brings together global evidence and examples of best practice to provide guidance on the review, design and implementation of national drug policies.
This short paper summarises the five fundamental principles for effective drug policies that have been developed and agreed by IDPC members through research, analysis and debate over the last two years.
This briefing highlights the effects of drug policy on women as producers, suppliers and consumers of drugs in order to inform and guide policy makers on practices that should be avoided, as well as highlight those policies which effectively incorporate and address women’s needs.
This briefing paper describes the current state of drug policy and harm reduction services in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania, and analyses the barriers and opportunities to improve access to services in these four countries.
This paper intends to support the discussions of the high-level review by presenting global trends on the evolution of the drug problem since the adoption of the Plan of Action and by making some reflections on the way forward.
The changing rhetoric from UNODC – of flexibility and health-based policies – is very much welcomed, but the debate needs clearer legal analysis and more extensive normative guidance than the document currently provides.