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.
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.
The Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks invites global and regional networks and consortia of networks to apply for a grant to support core funding and/or activity needs of the networks and/or consortia for up to three years (2019-2021).
After the confiscation of Billy Caldwell's cannabis oil, Home Office minister Nick Hurd will create a panel to provide advice to government on cannabis related prescriptions which could serve as a pathway to medical legalisation.
Harm Reduction Journal invites you to submit to a special collection of the journal on: the “Involvement & Engagement of Peers in Research”, to be launched at the 26th Harm Reduction International Conference in Porto, 28 April – 1 May 2019.