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2017 REPORTS

DRUG POLICY FUTURES LAUNCHES A GLOBAL REPORT OF DRUG POLICY CHOICES

Drug Policy Futures is a global network for a new drug policy debate based on health.

We believe in an open dialogue on the strengths and weaknesses of global drug policies. We advocate for evidence-based strategies to promote public health, safety and the wellbeing of society, including those addicted to drugs and their families.

In 2014, Drug Policy Futures published the Ten Points Declaration outlining the principles that should guide drug policy. Today in November 5 2015, we are developing these principles in a report that provides practical examples of what is being done to counter the drugs problem in various part of the world.

This report combines theoretical arguments on drug policy with practical hands-on perspectives from the grassroots level on how drug control should be implemented in practice. The report covers many dimensions of the drug problem providing ample evidence on a variety of successful drug policies which fit under the umbrella of the existing UN drug conventions.

As the world prepares for UNGASS, we need to move beyond simplistic calls for legalization of drugs and policies that emulate the public health disaster of tobacco and alcohol. We also should avoid inaction or turning a blind eye to the problems that drug control inadvertently has produced.

It is our belief that:

  • Contemporary drug control should address harms caused by drugs as well as the drug trade.
  • Contemporary drug control should have prevention of drug use as its primary aim.
  • Contemporary drug control should rest upon available research and evidence-based policies that protect the health and safety of drug-users, their families, and the wider community.

29 authors have contributed to this report. They are a mix of representatives from NGO´s, scholars and practitioners from all over the world.

Contact: Linda Nilsson – linda.nilsson@wfad.se
Erik Leijonmarck – erik.leijonmarck@stockholm.se.

DRUG POLICY FUTURES 2015 REPORT

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ALTERNATIVES? YES! LEGALIZATION? NO.

ENG

ALTERNATIVES? YES! LEGALIZATION? NO.

We should not be forced into a false choice between a war on drugs or legalization. An evaluation of the available research reveals that a number of evidence-based policies that protect the health and safety of users, their families, and the wider community are available. The legalization of alcohol and tobacco has been a global public health disaster – why would we go down the same road by legalizing additional addictive drugs? It is time to reject false dichotomies and to embrace a smarter approach.

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SPN

¿ALTERNATIVAS? ¡SI! ¿LEGALIZACIÓN? NO.

No deberíamos estar obligados a escoger de manera falsa entre una guerra contra las drogas o la legalización. Una investigación de los recursos disponibles indica que hay una gran cantidad de políticas que protegen la salud y la seguridad de los usuarios, sus familias y la comunidad en general. La legalización del alcohol y el tabaco ha tenido desastrosas consecuencias para la salud pública – ¿por qué habríamos de ir por el mismo camino, legalizando sustancias adictivas adicionales? Es hora de rechazar las falsas dicotomías y adoptar un enfoque más inteligente.

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FR

DES ALTERNATIVES ? OUI ! LA LÉGALISATION ? NON.

Nous ne devrions pas être contraints de faire un choix entre déclarer la guerre aux drogues ou les légaliser. Une revue de la littérature scientifique disponible montre qu’il existe des politiques basées sur des données probantes permettant de protéger la santé et la sécurité des utilisateurs, de leur famille et de la communauté en général. La légalisation de l’alcool et du tabac s’est révélée une catastrophe mondiale sur le plan de la santé publique. Pourquoi emprunter la même voie et légaliser d’autres substances addictives ? Il est temps de rejeter les pseudo-dichotomies et d’adopter une approche plus sensée.

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AR

نعم للبدائل! لا للتقنين.

ينبغي إجبارنا على الاختيار الباطل بين محاربة المخدرات أو تقنينها. أظهر تقييم البحوث المتوفرة
وجود عدد من السياسات المبنية على الأدلة التي تحافظ على صحة وسلامة المستخدمين وذويهم –
والمجتمع بشكل أشمل. لقد حل تقنين الكحوليات والتبع ككارثة عالمية على الصحة العامة لماذا نسلك –
نفس الطريق من خلال تقنين عقاقير إدمانية إضافية؟ لقد حان الوقت لنبذ الانقسامات الثنائية الباطلة
وتبني نه ج ا أكثر ذكا ء.

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SC

有没有替代方案?有!合法化?不是。

我们不应面对这种非此即彼的错误选择:打击药物还是进行合法化。对相关研究的评估表明:存在很多以事实为依据的,保护用药者及其家人甚至周围社区健康安全的相关措施。酒精和烟草合法化已经成为全球公共卫生的一大灾难——为什么我们还要制定成瘾药物相关法规,走下坡路呢?如今是时候避开这种非此即彼的错误选择,采取更明智的措施了。

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