Western Europe remains at the forefront of evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions. The majority of the countries in the region have adopted a health-based strategy towards drug use (including decriminalisation of possession for personal use), and are moving towards more proportionate sentences for drug offences.
In 2018, there were 1187 drug-related deaths registered in the country - a 27% rise on 2017. A task-force is being set up to examine the main causes of drug deaths and promote action to improve health outcomes for people who use drugs.
The criminalisation of drug use disproportionately affects racial minorities and marginalised communities. A regulation framework for cannabis should take this into account to avoid recreating these same inequities.