Former President of Timor-Leste, Nobel Prize recipient José Ramos-Horta, and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, join the Global Commission

PRESS RELEASE Geneva, 8 November 2017 Further expanding its breadth and diversity, the Global Commission on Drug Policy is honored and delighted to welcome two distinguished new members, Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008) and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (2009-2017) and Nobel Peace

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Our International Perspective On America’s Response To The Opioid Epidemic

Read original article in the Huffington Post A lot has been written about the current crisis of opioid addiction and overdose, which is now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. Even if this dramatic development affects almost solely North America, there are many parallels to situations that other

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La Comisión Global recomienda la descriminalizacion como elemento clave para frenar la epidemia de opioides en Norteamérica

NOTA DE PRENSA Miércoles 1 de noviembre de 2017 La actual epidemia de opiáceos que está azotando América del Norte requiere urgentemente de un marco legal equilibrado y responsable para gestionar la presencia de drogas en la sociedad. Las autoridades inicialmente respondieron a la crisis limitando el suministro de opioides

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La Commission globale appelle à la dépénalisation comme élément central de la riposte à la crise des opioïdes en Amérique du Nord

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE Genève, mercredi 1 novembre 2017 La présente crise des opioïdes qui sévit en Amérique du Nord met en évidence la nécessité de disposer d’un cadre législatif bien conçu et correctement appliqué pour le contrôle des drogues. Alors qu’une première réponse des autorités a été de se concentrer

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The Global Commission calls for decriminalization as key to addressing the opioid epidemic in North America

PRESS RELEASE Wednesday 1 November 2017 The current opioid epidemic that is sweeping across North America urgently requires a balanced and responsible legal framework for managing the presence of drugs in society. Authorities initially responded to the crisis by limiting the supply of prescription opioids from health care providers. Evidence

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Talking Policy: César Gaviria on the Peace Treaty and Drug Policy in Colombia

César Gaviria [member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy] governed Colombia from 1990-1994, during which time he fought Pablo Escobar’s Medellín drug cartel and oversaw the civil war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Recently, the Colombian government signed a landmark peace deal with the FARC

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Drogues: «Il faut franchir le pas de la régulation des marchés»

Présidente de la « Commission globale sur la politique des drogues », Ruth Dreifuss regrette que la France reste à « mi-gué » avec la future création d’une amende punissant l’usage de cannabis. En juin 2011, plusieurs anciens dirigeants internationaux, dont l’ancien secrétaire général des Nations unies Kofi Annan et les anciens présidents du Brésil, du

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Ruth Dreifuss et Michel Kazatchkine en audition à l’Assemblée nationale en France

Ruth Dreifuss et Michel Kazatchkine, membres de la Commission globale de politique en matière de drogues, échangent à l’Assemblée nationale avec MM. les députés Eric Poulliat et Robin Reda de la commission des Lois et rapporteurs de la mission d’information relative à l’application d’une procédure d’amende forfaitaire au délit d’usage

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Nick Clegg: The rise in opioid deaths is an indictment of our blinkered drugs policy

Read original article on iNews Last year, nearly 90 people a week in the UK died as a result of drug use – the highest number on record. More than 60 per cent of these deaths involved an opioid – that is, a drug derived from the opium poppy or based

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Time for pragmatism in tackling North America’s Opioid Crisis

Read article on Sir Richard Branson’s blog. Not too long ago, I wrote about the devastating opioid crisis that is holding much of North America in its grip. The numbers are staggering. In 2016, about 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States. In the hardest hit county,

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