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.
After a trial run at an Australian music festival was found to be successful, Australian government officials are be called upon to implement a federal program on pill testing in order to provide better harm reduction services.
On June 25th, Open Society Foundations will be hosting an event to show support for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking through an artistic platform that illuminates the effects of drug policies on communities all across the world.
Futher to the pill testing pilot held in Canberra in April 2018, Harm Reduction Australia publishes a report encouraging the Australian government to facilitate the delivery of pill-testing on site at music events and festivals and at fixed locations.
Former Conservative Party leader William Hague suggests current Prime Minister Theresa May should legalise cannabis after admitting the war on drugs failed and the most recent issues surrounding the confiscation of Billy Caldwell's cannabis oil medication.