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.
On International Overdose Awareness Day 2018, WHRIN calls attention to the gender specific needs of women who use drugs (WUD) and the need for urgent responses to address the ever rising death toll for accidental overdose.
In this response, IDPC analyses the 2017 INCB Annual Report, paying special attention to its foreword, its thematic chapter on treatment, as well as the cross-cutting issues of health, human rights and cannabis policies.
Shockingly, not one such programme operates in low-income and middle-income countries, despite the reality that these countries bear a disproportionate burden of the harm to public health associated with drug use.