Drug Policy Futures is a global platform for a new drug policy debate based on health. We reject the simple dichotomy between ”a war on drugs” on the one hand and ”legalization” on the other.
Instead we believe in engaging in an open dialogue about the strengths and weaknesses of global drug policies. We will advocate for evidence based strategies to promote public health, safety and and the well-being of society, including those addicted to drugs and their families.
In summary we put forward the following principles:
- Drug policies should prevent initiation of drug use.
- Drug policies must respect human rights (for users and non-users alike) as well as the principle of proportionality.
- Drug policies should strike a balance of efforts to reduce the use of drugs and the supply of drugs.
- Drug policies should protect children from drug use.
- Drug policies should ensure access to medical help, treatment and recovery services.
- Drug policies should ensure access to controlled drugs for legitimate scientific and medical purposes.
- Drug policies should ensure that medical and judicial responses are coordinated with the goal of reducing drug use and drug-related consequences.