Read original article in DNA India. After years of denial and hesitation, Punjab has at last taken the first step towards addressing the opioid crisis currently confronting the state. The decision taken last month by the Government of Punjab to open “Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment” (OOAT) centres constitutes an evidence-based, compassionate
People who use drugs are unfairly stigmatised by being described in derogatory terms by some clinicians, politicians, and the media, a global report has said. Read full article in the British Medical Journal.
People who take drugs should no longer be described as users, addicts or junkies, according to a global commission that says such pejorative terms should be phased out to prevent those who use drugs being stigmatised. A report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, whose members include Sir Nick
For many years, I’ve been talking about the need to reform global drug laws and to put people’s safety, health and wellbeing at the centre of drug policy. There has been remarkable progress as some governments have moved towards cannabis regulation while others made harm reduction the primary goal of
Policymakers and the media should avoid using terms such as “drug user”, “addict” and “junkie”, a report by a group of former world leaders has said. Read article by the BBC.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy – a group of eminent world leaders – has called for a rethink on drugs policy. They’ve released a new report saying the current attitude of stigmatising drugs is hindering effective policy-making, and argue that governments should be talking about ‘harm reduction’ rather than
Skewed perceptions of drugs and people who use them negatively affect both health and health care by feeding into harmful prohibitionist policies and sometimes directly affecting clinical care, according to a new international report that aims to counter such prejudices. Read article in The Globe and Mail
Perceções erradas sobre o consumo de drogas alimentam políticas de proibição e repressão que continuam sem resolver o problema, alerta um relatório internacional publicado hoje em Londres, em que Portugal é considerado um exemplo positivo. O relatório “The World Drug Perception Problem” [O Problema Global da Perceção das Drogas], produzido
The Member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy urges Governments and opinion leaders to treat drugs seriously and provide the public with reliable information. I have a radical notion for you. What would you say if I told you that using drugs or other techniques to alter consciousness is
Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post how the current prohibitionist approach to drug policy is based on outdated treaties and laws that do not take into account the advances in science, stating “That disconnect is abundantly clear in the diagram below, which comes from a new report on world drug use