The international drug control system has failed to reduce demand for or supply of drugs, while creating severe negative consequences for human rights, health and development.
Under existing punitive approaches and prohibitionist legal frameworks, illicit supplies of drugs have more than kept pace with a growing global demand; drugs are cheaper and more available than ever, supplied by a socially corrosive, often violent and growing criminal market. The room to experiment with alternative approaches—including legally regulated markets—that have the potential to deliver better outcomes, is critically restricted by the UN drug conventions. A more flexible drug control regime is urgently needed, one that both allows and supports carefully evaluated experiments with alternative models
Stop the Harm is calling for a revision of the current drug control framework to allow countries to explore alternatives and experiment with new, evidence-based approaches that respect human rights and reflect the realities on the ground.