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Transformative Drug Policy: Empowering Communities & Ensuring Health, Rights, and Development

Drug decriminalisation: An opportunity to shift from punitive measures to evidence-based approaches prioritising public health and human rights."

  • By decriminalising drugs, we can move away from harsh punishments and instead focus on strategies that are supported by scientific evidence, placing importance on the well-being of the public and upholding their rights.

Harm reduction strategies: Needle exchange programs and supervised consumption sites reduce drug use risks and promote the well-being of individuals.

  • Implementing initiatives like needle exchange programs and supervised consumption sites can effectively minimise the risks associated with drug use. These strategies prioritise the safety and overall health of the individuals involved.

Prioritise rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

  • Rather than resorting to incarceration, it is crucial to prioritise the rehabilitation and successful reintegration of individuals struggling with drug addiction. This approach aims to provide them with the necessary support and resources to lead productive lives within society.

Accessible and affordable addiction treatment programs, not incarceration.

  • Instead of relying on imprisonment as the primary response to drug-related offences, we should focus on making addiction treatment programs easily accessible and financially feasible for all individuals in need. This approach addresses the root causes of drug use and facilitates recovery.

Stop stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs to ensure equal access to employment opportunities.

  • It is essential to combat the stigma and discrimination faced by individuals who use drugs. By doing so, we can ensure that they have equal access to employment opportunities, allowing them to contribute to society and rebuild their lives.

Collaboration is key to addressing drug-related issues, emphasising harm reduction and community well-being.

  • Effectively tackling drug-related challenges requires collaborative efforts from various stakeholders. By prioritising harm reduction strategies and community well-being, we can work together to create a safer and healthier environment for all.

Empowering Lives: Promoting Health, Human Rights, and Development through Progressive Drug Policies.

  • Through the implementation of progressive drug policies, we aim to empower individuals by promoting their health, protecting their human rights, and fostering their overall development. This approach recognises the multifaceted impacts of drug policies on individuals and society as a whole.

Equal Access, Equal Rights: Advancing Health and Development through Transformative Drug Policy Reform.

  • Transformative drug policy reform strives for equal access to treatment and support services for all individuals affected by drug use. By ensuring equal rights, we can advance the overall health and development of communities impacted by drug-related issues.

Paving the Way to Progress: Drug Policy Reform for Health, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development.

  • Drug policy reform acts as a catalyst for progress, paving the way towards improved health outcomes, the protection of human rights, and sustainable development. It acknowledges the interconnected nature of these elements and strives to create positive change.

Support community-based initiatives that empower individuals and provide them with skills training, counselling, and social support networks.

  • Community-based initiatives play a vital role in empowering individuals affected by drug use. By offering skills training, counselling services, and fostering social support networks, we can enable individuals to overcome challenges, build resilience, and lead fulfilling lives.

2023 Global Day of Action: Reclaiming people power for sustainable alternatives to the ‘war on drugs’.


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