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.
The INCB's participation at CND showed how far the Board has come in terms of supporting human rights norms in the pursuit of drug control obligations, but the Board's outdated inflexibility on cannabis is regrettable.
This year’s conference Looking over the Walls embraces a multidisciplinary perspective, and welcomes presentations on multicomponent programs, or on strategies for the modification of multiple risk behaviors.
Even though there is evidence that we are moving towards a less punitive approach to drug policy, there is still so much more to be done in terms of harm reduction interventions and the effectiveness of the current drug policies.
Release argue that in order to tackle overdoses associated with opium, Take-Home Naxolone (THN) must be provided by local authorities across England, alongside being made available to requesting individuals in prison.