Ruth Dreifuss et Pedro Pires dans Jeune Afrique: “Il faut innover en matière de lutte anti-drogue”

“Les lois actuelles sur les drogues en Afrique de l’Ouest sont loin de produire les résultats escomptés : les trafiquants se servent des côtes et du Sahara pour le transit de la cocaïne acheminée vers l’Europe et la consommation locale ne cesse d’augmenter. Les réponses publiques basées sur la prohibition sont

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Reuters: Former Nigerian Leader Obasanjo Urges West African Governments to Decriminalize Drugs

Read original article on Reuters BY AARON ROSS DAKAR (Reuters) – West African governments should overhaul their drug laws to decriminalize personal use and prioritize treatment as a response to rising substance abuse in the region, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo said on Tuesday. In an interview before he was due

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Khalid Tinasti on CNN Money Switzerland: “Failing drug policies require new approach”

Executive Secretary Khalid Tinasti presents the views and positions of the Global Commission on Drug Policy in an interview with CNN Money Switzerland.

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Anand Grover in Jakarta Post: “Development cannot be sustainable without drug policy reform”

Read original article in Jakarta Post By Anand Grover, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and Senior Advocate, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Indonesia boasts one of the most vibrant emerging economies in the world. As such, the country is at the forefront of contemporary

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Chair Dreifuss in Globe and Mail: “Ottawa should decriminalize all drugs – it’s effective policy”

by Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commissioner and former President of Switzerland, and Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Read original article in Globe and Mail. Last month, Canada secured the adoption of the first-ever resolution on addressing stigma against people who use drugs at the

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LUSA/DN: “Relatório defende mudança de percepções para facilitar reformas sobre drogas”

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

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Commissioner Branson: Drug Reform in Norway

By Commissioner Richard Branson. Original article at Virgin website blog. Last week, Norway became the first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drug possession and use. The historic vote in parliament, supported by a broad alliance of political parties, puts harm reduction and public health at the centre of Norway’s drug policy, allowing

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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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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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Commission makes recommendations for tackling opioid crisis in North America

Globe and Mail covers launch of the Global Commission on Drug Policy’s position paper on the opioid crisis in North America, with an interview with Commissioner Michel Kazatchkine. The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America’s opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of harm-reduction

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