Strict drug control regimes have had a disastrous impact on global health. Through insisting on abstinence-only approaches for drug treatment and denying evidence-based harm reduction services like needle exchange and opioid substitution therapies, efforts to prevent the spread of bloodborne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C have been seriously undermined. Priority for health and the reduction of drug-related harms are urgently needed, with funding to match.
Stop the Harm is calling on governments to redirect a tenth of the resources that they currently spend on drug control to harm reduction by 2020—10 by 20!
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