10 Ways to do Cannabis Policy Reform Right

  This is an edited version of the summary guidance in the Transform publication ‘How to Regulate Cannabis a Practical Guide‘. More detailed discussions of each of these points will follow over the coming weeks as we serialize key content from the book.  Cannabis legalisation has finally been realized in various states and nations and […]

The Negative Impact of Drug Control on Public Health : The Global Crisis of Avoidable Pain

La Commission Mondiale pour la Politique des Drogues a rendu public son nouveau rapport : L’impact négatif du système de contrôle international des stupéfiants sur le respect de la dignité humaine : La majeure partie de la population mondiale n’a pas accès aux anti-douleurs, dont les analgésiques opiacés. Un chiffre ? 92% de la morphine, […]

Study on the impact of the world drug problem on the enjoyment of human rights

United Nations, General Assembly, Human Rights Council Thirtieth session Agenda items 2 and 8 Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action A/HRC/30/65 Distr.: General / Original: English […]

State of the Evidence : Cannabis Use and Regulation

Scientists speak out against false cannabis claims Leading international scientific body reviews thirteen oft-repeated claims on cannabis use and regulation, finds that none are strongly supported by scientific evidence Toronto, Canada – Many scientists are increasingly frustrated by the disregard of scientific evidence on cannabis use and regulation. To set the record straight, the International […]

Medical Marijuana Laws and Adolescent Marijuana Use in the USA from 1991 to 2014

Results from Annual, Repeated Cross-Sectional Surveys Published in: The Lancet Psychiatry, v. 2, no. 7, July 2015, p. 601-608 by Deborah S. Hasin, Melanie Wall, Katherine M. Keyes, Magdalena Cerdá, John Schulenberg, Patrick M. O’Malley, Sandro Galea, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Tianshu Feng BACKGROUND : Adolescent use of marijuana is associated with adverse later effects, so […]

Drug consumption rooms : an overview of provision and evidence

Last update: 04.06.2015 Introduction / site OEDT – EMCDDA Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades. These facilities primarily aim to reduce the acute risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent drug-related overdose deaths and […]

The Impact of Drug Policy on Women

The Impact of Drug Policy on Women   by Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch & Olga Rychkova – Reports – Global Drug Policy Program, Public Health Program As member states of the United Nations take stock of the drug control system, a number of debates have emerged among governments about how to balance international drug laws with human rights, […]

Repeal Prohibition, Again

By The Editorial Board, The New York Times. It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban […]

Ending the Drug Wars

Rapport sur l’économie de la politique des drogues, LSE (en anglais). Report of the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy, May 2014 Signed : Professor Kenneth Arrow, 1972 Nobel Prize in Economics. Luis Fernando Carrera Castro, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala. Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great […]

Extrait / Excerpts : A Plague of Prisons

A Different Kind of Epidemic Here are some of the things we know about this new epidemic: • The population involved is diverse: men and women, adults and children, different social classes. • The onset was very rapid — in thirty-five years the population directly affected by this epidemic increased tenfold, from 250,000 in 1970 […]

Vienna Declaration : a call for evidence-based drug policies

Evan Wood, Dan Werb, Michel Kazatchkine, Thomas Kerr, Catherine Hankins, Robin Gorna, David Nutt, Don Des Jarlais, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Julio Montaner,   DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60958-0   Summary Full Text References © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.   There remain crucial areas in public health in which the gap between evidence and public policy persists, and […]