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
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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.
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