Each year, hundreds of people are executed by States in the name of drug control despite the penalty being in violation of international law. #EndTheDeathPenalty
Criminalization does not act as a deterrent to drug use. Remove criminal sanctions and emphasize policies that respect human rights, promote health and dignity, and prevent the waste of resources. #Decriminalization
Strict drug control regimes contribute to the suffering of millions worldwide every year—among them cancer patients, women in labour, and end-stage AIDS patients—by depriving them access to controlled medicines for pain relief and for treating drug dependence. #UniversalAccess
Drug control has had a disastrous impact on global public health, exacerbating the spread of bloodborne viruses, in particular HIV, by denying harm reduction programs such as needle exchange and opioid substitution therapies.
Current drug control efforts fuel human rights abuses, including torture by police, mass incarceration, extortion, arbitrary detention, forced labor, and extrajudicial killings, to name but a few. #HumanRights
Strict drug prohibition has failed to reduce demand for or supply of drugs, while creating severe negative consequences for human rights, health and development. Countries must be allowed to experiment with alternative models of control. #EvidenceBasedDrugPolicy
A punitive drug control system exacerbates poverty, further marginalises subsistence farmers, and diverts public resources away from spending on health and education. #EndForcedEradication