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.
The memories of our loved ones, as well as the grief from their untimely departures, strengthens our commitment to rid the world from the violence and neglect that forces harm against people who use drugs.
Kvamme et al. suggest that a significant proportion of Danish users of cannabis as medicine are motivated by a desire to alleviate their ailments whilst minimising the negative side effects that they associate with legal prescription drugs.