George Shultz in NYT: “The Failed War on Drugs”

By GEORGE P. SHULTZ and PEDRO ASPE The war on drugs in the United States has been a failure that has ruined lives, filled prisons and cost a fortune. It started during the Nixon administration with the idea that, because drugs are bad for people, they should be difficult to obtain. As a

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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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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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Fentanyl et autres drogues synthétiques: «Un défi émergent auquel il faut faire face»

Instaurer des contraventions pour usage de drogue ? Le gouvernement Macron fait fausse route, selon Khalid Tinasti, Secrétaire exécutif de la Commission globale de politique en matière de drogues. Mais ce débat permet d’ouvrir les yeux sur les ravages du fentanyl. Lire la tribune dans Le Monde

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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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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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La lutte contre la drogue en France : « Le résultat est un échec difficile à contester »

Par Ruth Dreifuss (ancienne présidente de la Confédération suisse), Fernando Cardoso (ancien président du Brésil), Aleksander Kwasniewski (ancien président de la Pologne), Michel Kazatchkine (ancien directeur exécutif du Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme) TRIBUNE. Depuis plus de cinquante ans, les gouvernements français successifs auront

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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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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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