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.
In 2010, observers of the UK heroin scene noticed signs of disruption in the normally well-supplied and efficiently administered UK heroin market. IDPC has been monitoring the situation closely, both in the UK and continental Europe. This briefing paper provides an overview of the European…
The questions that this report seeks to answer are why we have drug courts in the first place, whether we should continue to utilize and expand drug courts, and at what expense—in terms of both direct costs or opportunities foregone.
The Obama administration has designated intravenous needle exchanges as a drug treatment program, allowing federal money set aside to treat addictions to be used to distribute syringes to narcotics users.
This bi-annual event is one of the largest HIV focused conferences taking place in Africa, with over 10,000 delegates expected to attend. This event offers a unique opportunity to raise the profile of harm reduction and drug policy within the region.
Some anniversaries provide an occasion for celebration, others a time for reflection, still others a time for action. This June will mark forty years since President Nixon declared a "war on drugs," identifying drug abuse as "public enemy No. 1." Ethan Nadelmann reflects on the consequences of the…
As part of a global drive to remove barriers to progress in the AIDS response, policymakers and community advocates have joined experts from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in Bangkok on 17 February for the first in a series of regional dialogues held across the world.