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.
The Central European University will be hosting a course on gender and its impact on drug policy after the release of the 2018 World Drug Report and is also offering a select number of scholarships to attend.
The Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse is holding their 13th Biennial International Conference in Abuja, Nigeria from September 19th-21st and will be discussing a multitude of topics including alternative livelihoods and harm reduction.
In Brussels, the Civil Society Forum on Drugs discusses the future of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction and the drug coordination and funding system of the European Commission, weakened by political tensions on the EU's future.