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Why Naloxone should be accessible for everyone

Why Naloxone should be accessible for everyone

A medical examiner has confirmed that musician Prince died of an overdose on fentanyl, a powerful opioid. This high-profile case illustrates why governments must embrace naloxone: a safe and affordable medicine that prevents deadly opioid overdoses. Naloxone is included on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) List of Essential Medicines; an assortment of medications described as

United Nations General Assembly

Over 1,000 leaders worldwide slam failed prohibitionist drug policies, call on UN for systemic reform

More than 1,000 international leaders – prominent in the fields of politics, health, academics and entertainment – have publicly called for a “new global response to drugs,” in advance of an upcoming United Nations session. The UN is currently holding a General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs, at its New York headquarters. The three-day

The UNGASS 2016 will take place at the organisation's New York headquarters.

To Change Drug Policy, First Change the Way You Measure It

As we approach the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), the voices clamoring for drug policy reform are getting louder. But within the narrow parameters of the UN system, what does reform really mean? After all, when it comes to drug policy, one of the main tasks of the

Despite drug policy reforms, the U.S. continues to imprison almost half a million drug offenders each year

The 4 Best And Worst Countries For Drug Policy In 2015

2015 has been a turbulent year for the international War on Drugs, with some countries introducing smart and successful new policies, and others making some repressive and disastrous moves. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best and worst drug policy decisions made this year:   BEST   Jamaica In April, a law that

The US' drug prevention programme, D.A.R.E

“Scared Straight” Anti-Drug Programs Aren’t Scaring Kids at All

Political leaders love the idea of preventing drug use among young people by “scaring them straight,” a strategy on which millions of dollars are spent, especially in the United States. The problem is, generally speaking, these programs haven’t worked. A new report from the Open Society Foundations, Prevention of Drug Use and Problematic Use, details

Drug policy experts discuss upcoming UN session

The International Drug Policy Conference 2015 is underway in Washington DC, and several experts and scholars convened on Friday evening to discuss the United Nations’ General Assembly’s Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs – which will take place in 2016. The session will be a unique opportunity for the War on Drugs’ failure to be at

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Ireland Drugs Minister: Decriminalise heroin, cocaine, cannabis possession

The Republic of Ireland will decriminalise the possession of many drugs – including heroin, cocaine, and cannabis – for personal use, the country’s Drugs Minister has proclaimed.

Drug cartels, the product of prohibition, continue to threaten Latin American security

All Too Familiar with the War on Drugs, Latin America Offers Advice to Africa

A reverend from Kenya, a doctor from Senegal, a psychiatrist from Tanzania, and a pharmacist from Malawi sip a cup of coca tea and munch on coca leaf cookies. This was the scene at the recent South–South Drug Policy Exchange in Bogota, a gathering of African and Latin American officials and civil society representatives to

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The Simple Funding Fix That Could Dramatically Reduce Drug-Related Deaths

At this year’s UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the four men and two women who were executed in Indonesia by firing squad in January were a source of much discussion. The six victims were convicted of trafficking under Indonesia’s draconian drug laws, and the executions sparked international outcry. Yet these horrific events represent just one

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