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 Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse is holding their 13th Biennial International Conference in Abuja, Nigeria from September 19th-21st and will be discussing a multitude of topics including alternative livelihoods and harm reduction.
Maria-Goretti stresses the need for unity within the civil society community in order to collaborate and provide support for drug users who need resources and policies that stress health and human rights.
ICEERS will be speaking at Human Rights Council sessions on the importance of drug policy and human rights and how efforts can be made to provide protections for Indigenous groups and their cultural practices.