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.
IDPC and GDPO unpick key issues raised by the 2019 World Drug Report through the lens of public health, including the expansion of regulated cannabis markets, the non-medical use of tramadol in Africa and challenges related to data-collection.
This report by the Parliamentary Committee on Drug Policy recognises evidence that UK drugs policy is failing, and that the level of drug related deaths has now risen to the scale of public health emergency.
The donated $14 billion for the Sixth Global Fund Replenishment are not enough, international donors, increased political will, and strong community-led and civil society advocacy are fundamental if we want to change.