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PRESS RELEASE The lost decade in the global war on drugs

New report shows 10-year United Nations drug strategy set to conclude in colossal failure


Vienna, 22 October 2018 – A report released today by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) has exposed the United Nations 10-year global strategy aimed to eradicate the illegal drug market by 2019 as a spectacular failure of policy and urged a re-think of its new strategy for the next decade.

The report, Taking stock: A decade of drug policy – A civil society shadow report is a response by IDPC and its 174 NGO network to the failure by governments and the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime to comprehensively evaluate the 10-year plan based on a discredited ‘war on drugs’ approach that continues to generate a catastrophic impact on health, human rights, security and development, while not even remotely reducing the global supply of illegal drugs.


Using wide-ranging data from UN, government, academic and civil society sources, the report from the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) shows that this UN goal has been spectacularly missed.
Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, states in the report: "What we learn from the shadow report is compelling. Since governments started collecting data on drugs in the 1990s, the cultivation, consumption and illegal trafficking of drugs have reached record levels. Moreover, current drug policies are a serious obstacle to other social and economic objectives… and the “war on drugs” has resulted in millions of people murdered, disappeared, or internally displaced.

Moccro Mob and drugstrash in The Netherlands
The effects of the War on Drugs are unfortunately very visible in the Netherlands. De Moccro Mob, visible paraphernalia on the streets, the high production and exportation levels of xtc, the regular import of cocaine and the many fire hazardous weed plantations are some of many examples of this. Instead of the failing war on drugs, we must apply policies which are focus on health and societal safety. 


The full report can be read here.


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