Drug policies have traditionally sought to suppress supply and deter use through the application of punitive laws. Today, there is a growing recognition that these drug policies have not only failed to reach their objectives but have resulted in a great deal of collateral damage. Drug policy must be reformed to focus on health, human rights and development objectives, with the aim of making the market less harmful rather than necessarily reducing its size.
A key member of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's cabinet, Olga Sánchez, is in favour of decriminalising recreational marijuana and is a sign of future drug policy to come in Mexico where the war of drugs has caused enormous destruction.
Scottish government research suggests women in Scotland face more drug related deaths due to a multitude of factors including heroin availability, lack of social services, and untreated mental health issues.
UNODC has partnered with Indonesia to assist the country in their move from the practice of imprisoning drug users to instead rehabilitating them in an effort to decrease prison populations and address drug use as a public health topic.