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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It’s time that evidence, not stigma, drive SA’s drug policies

by Commissioners Obasanjo and Grover South Africa has taken a lead in the HIV response, but HIV won’t be overcome until the country faces some hard truths about drug abuse and its own prejudices. South Africa has paved the way for evidence-based prevention, treatment and care. The country defied private

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Commissioner Grover on cannabis debate in South Africa: interview on News24

‘SA likely to prioritise health and human rights’ While a High Court bid to legalise marijuana continues in Pretoria, several international experts weighed in on the topic during the recent Drug Policy Week conference in Cape Town. Watch. Human rights activist Anand Grover serves on the Global Commission on Drug

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Réforme de la loi sur les drogues : une opportunité pour réparer les dommages et montrer à nouveau l’exemple

Nick Clegg, membre de la Commission globale et ancien Vice-premier ministre, Royaume-Uni, s’exprime dans La Presse, premier quotidien en langue française du pays, sur la question de l’abrogation de la loi 92-52 sur les stupéfiants et une réforme possible des politiques en matière de drogues en Tunisie. Lire l’article dans

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Israel led the world in cannabis research—but what could it learn from others about decriminalization?

Opinion piece by Chair Dreifuss and Commissioner Stoltenberg, published in Ha’aretz on Sunday 5 March 2017. Link to article in Hebrew. English version below. Israel led the world in cannabis research—but what could it learn from others about decriminalization? Israel is widely recognized as a global hub for medical cannabis

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Interview with Ruth Dreifuss

Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, answers questions on Al Jazeera regarding the decriminalization of drug consumption and possession for personal use, in the context of a change in drug policy in Thailand towards a less repressive regime. Click here to view interview.

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How U.S. Drug Policy Looks to the Rest of the World – And how it might change under Donald Trump

By Francie Diep Activists and family members of loved ones who died in the opioid epidemic take part in a rally on September 18th, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Sometimes, to understand something, you have to take an outsider’s point of view. That’s why, to get perspective

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Global Commission Leaders Issue Call to Decriminalize Drugs for Public Health and Human Rights

At a press conference in Washington, DC yesterday, five members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy—a 23-person body comprising nine former presidents or prime ministers, plus leaders like former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan—released “Advancing Drug Policy Reform: A new approach to decriminalization.” Drug prohibition, said Ruth Dreifuss, former president of Switzerland and

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World leaders call for legalisation of drugs

World leaders have called for an end to the criminalisation of drugs. The Global Commission on Drug Policy’s annual report advocates the removal of both civil and criminal penalties for drug use and possession. Prohibition of drugs has had “little or no impact” on the rate of drug use, the

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