Drug policies in East and South East Asia continue to focus extensively on tough drug laws and their enforcement, including disproportionate penalties for drugs offences (and the use of the death penalty), compulsory detention for people who use drugs, and forced crop eradication campaigns. However, some significant improvements have been made in the field of harm reduction.
The legal regulation of cannabis for medical and research purposes is a step in the right direction, but the continued criminalisation of people who use cannabis and the restrictive understanding of medical uses might hinder access and create new challenges.
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.
UNODC fin a general trend of decreasing prices and supply of opium, suggesting a possible decrease in demand. Of the 11 countries in the East and Southeast region of Asia that systematically share drug data with the UNODC, 9 of them now place methamphetamine as the top drug of concern - compared…