Growing numbers of doctors are calling for a health-based approach to be adopted as a cornerstone of global drugs policy as a high-level UN conference highlights what critics say are continued failings in international bodies’ strategies for dealing with global drug problems.

The High-Level Review at the latest annual session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)—the chief policy-making body for international drug control—in Vienna earlier this month assessed how the UN is meeting goals for dealing with the global drug problem ahead of a UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs in 2016.

A high-level UN meeting on international drug policy came to a close last week with doctors lamenting the lack of progress on health issues.

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