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.
Scottish government research suggests women in Scotland face more drug related deaths due to a multitude of factors including heroin availability, lack of social services, and untreated mental health issues.
UNODC has partnered with Indonesia to assist the country in their move from the practice of imprisoning drug users to instead rehabilitating them in an effort to decrease prison populations and address drug use as a public health topic.
AFEW highlights their work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia which connects private groups and NGOs with public health care programs in order to treat people suffering from diseases through communication and collaboration that prioritises local communities and their care.