The Global Commission on Drug Policy calls for an end to the criminalisation and neglect experienced by people who use drugs and fueling these global pandemics, urging for the scale-up of services and recognition of community leadership.
While providing an avenue for non-criminalisation for first- and second-time possession offences, the hefty fines risk perpetuating the involvement of people who use drugs with the criminal legal system, particularly those most vulnerable.
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.
Harm Reduction International urges governments to stop funding punitive drug laws and, instead, to invest in programmes that prioritise health, community and justice, leading to healthier and safer societies.
Minnesota's drug policy reforms, particularly on cannabis and harm reduction represent a step in the right direction; but the continued use of punitive measures and the lack of safe supply programs are misguided.
Levenson et al. note how the overdose crisis in the United States is inextricably linked to wider systems of criminalisation and incarceration, calling for the abolition of policing and prisons in order to uproot structural causes of harm.
Hayashi et al. reveal that despite the enactment of a depenalisation policy in Vancouver, police continued to seize illicit drugs from people who use drugs, calling for abolition of this harmful discretionary policing practice.
OHCHR present their report to the Human Rights Council on the impact of the world drug problem on human rights, urging policymakers to shift towards a health and human-rights centred approach to drug policy.