Despite some marked improvements, the INCB report for 2013 remains a deeply conflicted document, shot through with tensions.

In an attempt to address some notable aspects of the document, this response to the Board’s Annual Report for 2013 is organised under five inter-connected headings.

This report consequently examines the President’s Foreword, the Board’s approach to the ‘Economic consequences of drug abuse’ in the thematic chapter, issues surrounding its lack of comment on harm reduction, drug treatment and human rights, the Board’s position on access to essential medicines and its reactions to shifts in the policy landscape.

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