Like the draconian 'Anti-Homosexuality' law before it, the new Narcotics Law endangers public health by further criminalising people who use drugs, pushing them into the margins and hindering access to health.
High Commissioner Volker Türk encouraged more countries to begin their journey toward understanding drug use as a public health and human rights issue, including through the adoption of decriminalisation.
Police drug-detection dogs in NSW exhibit an alarming rate of false-positive detections for drugs among festival-goers, raising concerns about the effectiveness of strip-searches and other violent, degrading and humiliating policing responses to drugs.
Van Amsterdam et al. present the first set of empirical findings relating to generic drug legislation in the UK and Germany, revealing it to be largely ineffective in counteracting NPS use and causing increased public health problems.