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.
Camp Phoenix, a former training camp on the edges of Kabul, will take in around 1,000 homeless drug addicts who will receive food, medical attention and treatment, said Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz.
Gloria Lai, IDPC Senior Policy Officer, argues that civil society must advocate for, and help facilitate, a more open and rational dialogue with governments to encourage them to engage in an honest assessment of the current drug control approach in Asia.
This IDPC advocacy note offers analysis and recommendations to contribute to the development of a post- 2015 ASEAN drug strategy that can meet the expectations of the ASEAN Secretary-General in being innovative, prompt to adapt to changing and challenging circumstances, and global in its outlook.
Richard Branson and former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald called for an inquiry into Home Office’s support for anti-narcotics operations which they say have helped to fund executions in countries such as Pakistan and Iran.
With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, 2016 should be a defining moment for global health and for the response to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic, especially for the migrants in Central Asia.