Commissioner George Shultz in the Financial Times: “We cannot win the war on drugs by obsessing over supply”

Read original article in the Financial Times The news that Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $572m by the state of Oklahoma over its contribution to the US opioid crisis is just the latest skirmish in a seemingly never-ending war on drugs. The drug war never ends because the

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Commissioner Branson: “Four drug policies proven to save lives”

Read original article in Virgin Earlier this month, I was saddened to see the Scottish Government’s latest statistics on drug-related deaths. The report stated there were 1,187 drug-related deaths last year. That’s a 27 per cent increase on the year before – the highest rate in the EU. Despite these

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Global Commissioner Sir Richard Branson in Diario de Noticias: “Portugal preserves the dignity of people who use drugs”

Read original article in Diario de Noticias   Richard Branson: “Portugal preserva a dignidade de quem consome drogas” A atual visão sobre como se lida com os consumidores de droga tem de ser alterada, defendem 26 altas individualidades, como o antigo Presidente da República Jorge Sampaio. Estados têm de intervir

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Michel Kazatchkine and Mary Chinery-Hesse in EUObserver: “A fundamental contradiction in EU drug policy”

Read original article in EUObserver By Michel Kazatchkine, former director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy; and Mary Chinery-Hesse, Chancellor of the university of Ghana and member of the West Africa Commission on Drugs. Over the past

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Ruth Dreifuss and Bill Richardson in The Daily Caller: “Abstinence from punishment, a path to address the opioid crisis”

By Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico, and Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy* More than 70’000 people died from a drug overdose in 2017 in the United States, according to reports. This sets yet a new record, emphasizing the

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Commissioner Ramos-Horta: “Put Human Rights in Global Drug Policy”

Read original post in the Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal. Around the world, people have experienced one of the most widespread and shameful human rights failures of our time—the global war on drugs. Barely a day passes without some tragedy or abuse fuelled by misguided drug policies hitting the

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Khalid Tinasti in Modern Ghana: “Africa’s Time To Shape International Drug Policy”

Read original article in Modern Ghana. Africa’s Time To Shape International Drug Policy Last March, during a discussion on the decriminalization of drug use at a diplomatic dinner in Vienna, where the United Nations’ drug control entities sit, a Central African representative said that “African countries cannot decriminalize, because only

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Commissioner George Shultz in Washington Post: “How we can help the migrant caravan”

“Curbing violence in Central America will require addressing the U.S. war on drugs. Instead of blaming the migrants who are fleeing violence and corruption in Central America, we should recognize why they are leaving and do something about it.” Read original article in the Washington Post.

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Khalid Tinasti in The Daily Star, Bangladesh: “Drug Policies should be first of all concerned with preserving public health”

Bangladesh’s recent impetus on cracking down on drug abuse and trade has led to some divisive results—while there is no doubt that this is an issue that needs to be addressed, the approach taken by the authorities has been questioned. The country recently passed the Narcotics Control Bill 2018, which

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ABC News Australia: “Drug decriminalisation a ‘blindingly obvious’ solution for Australia”

Read original article in ABC News Australia.   Medical, legal and religious groups have joined forces to call for drugs to be decriminalised in Australia, arguing addiction should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one. The Fair Treatment campaign is being led by the Uniting Church with

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