Drug policy in South Asia is based on a zero-tolerance approach with punitive legislation that leans heavily on incarceration for people involved in drug offences. Harm reduction and treatment services remain scarce and often of low quality. In the field of supply, crop eradication campaigns have been unable to curb opium production in the region.
The Harm Reduction & Drug Policy Advocacy Fellowship Programme aims to support the development of policy advocacy champions through mentoring and capacity building in the project countries (India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and the Philippines).
A workshop hosted by the India HIV/AIDS alliance demonstrates how important harm reduction measures are to communities and in order for them to remain effective they must be personalised for each individual seeking treatment.
A new law is being formulated in Bangladesh that would impose the death penalty on "patrons of drug trading, drug-syndicates, and god-fathers", a policy that would continue the violent war on drugs and violate human rights immensely.