The international drug conventions were created to ensure the “health and welfare of mankind”, yet drug policies around the world continue to focus on criminal justice and repression rather than on health responses. Governments across the world should provide harm reduction and treatment interventions to reduce the harms associated with drug use, and ensure adequate access to essential medicines.
The report found that states with punitive policies were associated with greater odds of neonatal abstinence syndrome immediately and in the longer term, but there was no association between neonatal abstinence syndrome and states with reporting policies.
We welcome attendees who work within harm reduction focused services in the UK. We also welcome people working within partner agencies, people who use drugs and attend harm reduction services, activists and those involved in commisioning services.