Historically, drug laws and their enforcement have resulted in multiple forms of human rights abuses. It is becoming increasingly clear that the human rights obligations to which countries have signed up must be applied in the area of drug policy, and the principles of health and human rights fully integrated into the international drug control system.
IDPC provides an overview of the intersections between human rights and drug control as enshrined in the UNGASS Outcome document, offering recommendations for a better coordination of these two spheres of international cooperation.
Findings suggest that piloting four sites could prevent up to 130 overdose deaths and save up to $7 million annually while connecting individuals at risk of overdose to a host of harm reduction, drug treatment, and health care services.
This paper seeks to contribute to understanding of existing policies related to harm reduction in Cambodia, as well as the challenges to and opportunities for improvement in order to reduce the health and socio-economic harms associated with drug use.