Our International Perspective On America’s Response To The Opioid Epidemic

Read original article in the Huffington Post A lot has been written about the current crisis of opioid addiction and overdose, which is now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. Even if this dramatic development affects almost solely North America, there are many parallels to situations that other

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Talking Policy: César Gaviria on the Peace Treaty and Drug Policy in Colombia

César Gaviria [member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy] governed Colombia from 1990-1994, during which time he fought Pablo Escobar’s Medellín drug cartel and oversaw the civil war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Recently, the Colombian government signed a landmark peace deal with the FARC

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Interview with Commissioner Gaviria: “Die droguenpolitik ist grundverkehrt” (Drug policy is wrong from the ground up)

A new UNO report shows a dramatic increase in the production and consumption of illicit drugs all over the world. César Gaviria from the Global Commission on Drug Policy calls for a new approach. Read original article in German in the NZZ am Sonntag here. Die droguenpolitik ist grundverkehrtDie droguenpolitik

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Punitive measures do not create a drug-free society

[Read original article in the Bangkok Post, 14 December 2016.] Achieving a society without drugs has been the objective of many countries around the world for many decades, including Asean with its declaration in 1998 for a drug-free region by 2015. Yet drug use prevalence has, at best, remained stable over

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Measurement Matters: Designing New Metrics for a Drug Policy that Works

Measurement Matters introduces a preliminary set of goals, targets and indicators to help guide governments, law enforcement agencies, health institutions and civil society craft more effective and efficient drug policy. It is based on interviews with more than 50 of the world´s leading drug policy experts and a review of

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