Last week, the Global Commission on Drug Policy launched a new report titled, “Regulation: the responsible control of drugs” in Mexico City and New York. The report is available for download in multiple languages here. Commissioner, former Global Fund Executive Director, Professor Michel Kazatchkine, will be at the SA Drug Policy Week to discuss the work of the Global Commission. This report addresses the reality that over 250 million people around the world consume currently prohibited drugs. Prohibition greatly increases the risks of using these drugs, increases the global burden of disease and fuels a criminal economy. Accepting this reality and putting in place an effective regulatory strategy to manage it is part of a responsible, evidence-based approach that deals with the world as it is in contrast with ideologically driven and ultimately counterproductive attempts to create a “drug free world”.
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