Lesotho has become the first African country to permit the legal cultivation of cannabis – but the production of the drug has been restricted to two foreign-owned companies, while rural farmers and the wider population continue to be prohibited from harvesting their own.
The Ukrainian government is increasing the scope of the country’s state-funded opioid substitution therapy (OST) programme – a harm reduction tool which reduces the risk of overdose and disease transmission.
Members of parliament from across the political spectrum have called on the UK government to allow the introduction of drug consumption rooms (DCRs), which save lives and reduce the spread of infectious diseases.
The US war on drugs disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of people, particularly black Americans, subverting the democratic process and benefitting certain candidates.
Theresa May has vowed to continue fighting the UK's war on drugs, despite the approach having contributed to the country’s highest rate of drug-related deaths on record, and exorbitant financial costs.
We are in the midst of a public health crisis in Britain — drug-related deaths have reached the highest number ever recorded. More people are dying in circumstances related to drugs than from road traffic collisions.
The Ugandan Health Ministry has authorised the country’s first legal needle-syringe programme (NSP) – a harm reduction breakthrough in a country with notoriously repressive drug policies and a high rate of infectious disease among people who inject drugs.
Drug-related deaths in Scotland have reached the highest figure ever recorded, and the rate of such deaths may now be the highest in the EU. This highlights the urgent need for harm reduction measures, such as the establishing of a safe drug consumption room.