Evidence from over 25 jurisdictions that no longer criminalize people who use drugs supports what we have long known—that criminalization does not act as a deterrent to drug use. Rather, this policy ruins lives through hindering future education and employment opportunities and impedes access to public healthcare for people who use drugs.

UNAIDS, WHO, the UN Secretary General, and the OAS are among numerous powerful and respected voices to advocate for the decriminalization of drug use in recent years. It’s time that governments around the world heeded this advice

Stop the Harm is calling for the removal of criminal sanctions for drug possession for personal use; a policy that respects human rights, promotes health and dignity, stops the revolving door of recidivism, and prevents the waste of scarce police resources.

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