The Global Commission on Drug Policies has issued a series of background documents on drug policy, in an effort to bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and society.
This paper analyses the difficulties and challenges NGOs are facing in their harm reduction work, along with gaps and shortcomings in this field, and provides recommendations for the further development of appropriate harm reduction programmes in the region.
This paper, written in collaboration with the Correlation Network, describes the law enforcement and community involvement elements of the strategy, and provides available data on the results achieved so far.
In this paper, IDPC asks that the Commission considers a number of issues in relation to addressing punitive laws and practices that effectively criminalise the lives of people who use drugs in South East Asia and calls on governments to address these issues as a matter of urgency.
The aim of the seminar was to engage high level officials in considering alternative options to the current mandatory treatment and rehabilitation system for managing drug using offenders in the country.
Unlike most countries around the world, Russia refuses to finance harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges, or to legalize methadone. Over the past few months, Moscow has decided to discontinue the work of foreign donors and NGOs with heroin addicts. It even recently blamed foreign groups…
The aim of the Network is to promote collaboration and exchange of information among the participants. This session was attended by 27 participants, both from NGOs and national governments and focused on two topics: harm reduction, and the Roma population. This report summarises the main…
Examining the evolution of Irish drug policy, the report explores the country’s national strategies; the legal context within which they operate; the public funds spent, or committed, to implement them; and the political bodies and mechanisms set up to coordinate the response to the problem.
The governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan decision to introduce substitution therapy programmes in their countries, despite the fact that the approach is new for the region and despite the position taken by the government of the Russian Federation regarding substitution therapy.…
The need for advocacy to address the challenges of HIV is widely acknowledged and accepted. This resource, published by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, brings together useful concepts and models identified from new literature on advocacy evaluation.
This report looks at how evidence-based services such as heroin treatment, injection rooms, and needle exchange can lower HIV infection rates, improve health outcomes, and lower crime rates, based on the example of Switzerland.