Commissioners Dreifuss and Grover: ” A template to fight addiction”

Read original article in DNA India. After years of denial and hesitation, Punjab has at last taken the first step towards addressing the opioid crisis currently confronting the state. The decision taken last month by the Government of Punjab to open “Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment” (OOAT) centres constitutes an evidence-based, compassionate

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Commissioner Grover: “Removing the drug-use stigma”

Read original article in Myanmar Times   People who use drugs or possess small quantities for personal use engage in a non-violent act that potentially harms only them. Yet out of fear and a limited understanding of the complex nature of drug use and dependence, Myanmar has for many years taken a

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ASEAN: Drugs might harm individuals, but current policies undermine social cohesion

Global Commissioners and former presidents Ruth Dreifuss of Switzerland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, publish an opinion piece on drug policy reform in Southeast Asia in eight major papers, in ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand) and Hong Kong. Bangkok Post (Thailand)

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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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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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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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Two steps forward, one step back on drug policy

Richard Branson: Ending The War on Drugs Read original post on Virgin website You’d think that after nearly five decades of failed policies, trillions wasted and thousands killed, the so-called War on Drugs (first declared by US President Nixon in the early 1970s) would give way to more sensible approaches

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Why legalize pot, but shy away from addressing opioids?

Op-Ed by Commissioners Kwasniewski, former President of Poland, and Grover, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, focusing on cannabis legalization in Canada, the opioid crisis and harm reduction. Read article in The Globe and Mail.

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War on Drugs an Epic Fail, BMJ Editors Say

Addiction is a health issue, not a moral failing, and physicians need to champion public policy changes that put treatment first and reverse the “absurd” focus on the war against drugs, which has never and will never work, say editors of the BMJ. “All wars cause human rights violations and

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