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.
ReLeaf publishes a proposal that aims at providing local authorities with a brief overview of a regulated cannabis market for adult use and highlights the importance to enact legislative changes based on human rights and harm reduction principles.
Smith et al. use the theoretical framework proposed by Shiffman and Smith for policy agenda setting to describe and assess how political and legal barriers were overcome in the process of opening the drug control room opened in Liège in 2018.
A "self-summoned" national conference on drug policy reform, led by civil society organisations, will take place in February 2020 to resist the harms of 30 years of prohibition and punitive drug policy in Italy.
Despite much speculation and conjecture over potential crossovers between terrorists and the drug trade in Europe, no study has examined the issue. This paper fills this gap by empirically examining such crossovers in the European Union between 2012 and 2017.
In light of the upcoming election, Labour pledged to establish a royal commission to develop a public health approach to substance misuse, whilst the Conservative manifesto promises to tackle drug-related crime.
The UK House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee calls for an overhaul to the governmental response to drug-related challenges, including significant investment towards harm reduction and the decriminalisation of people who use drugs.