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Doctors step into international drug policy reform debate

Dr. Chris Ford is a primary care physician living in the United Kingdom (UK) working with people who use drugs. She is the founding member of the relatively new International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies (IDHDP), a global network of physicians providing care to drug users with the aim of increasing the participation of medical doctors in drug policy reform.

10 November 2011
Science Speaks
Drug Policy in Portugal: The Benefits of Decriminalizing Drug Use

In 2000, the Portuguese government responded to widespread public concern over drugs by rejecting a "war on drugs" approach and instead decriminalized drug possession and use.

02 September 2011
Open Society Foundations
Cambodia’s Alarming New Drug Law

Cambodia’s prime minister Hun Sen last week approved a controversial new drug law that opens the door to rampant human rights violations. The legislation, which is expected to be signed into law within the next few weeks, will force drug users in the Asian nation into involuntary treatment for up to two years.

21 July 2011
Open Society
Torture in Drug Treatment Detention

People identified as drug users in many countries are confined to abusive locked detention centers for months - or even years.

29 June 2011
Human Rights Watch
Does Portugal have the solution to our drug epidemic?

10 years on, Portugal's drug policy is being held up as the model for other countries to follow. Rather than criminalising people found in possession of drugs, they are sent to a "dissuasion commission" for treatment. Portugal's previously high rate of HIV has plummeted with drug addicts now accounting for only 20pc of all new cases, down from 56pc before.

13 June 2011
The Independent
Russia defies growing consensus with declaration of 'total war on drugs'

Under new laws being drawn up addicts would be forced into treatment or jailed, and dealers 'treated like serial killers'.

08 June 2011
Key Correspondents
Drug policy: Supply and demand

The argument over treatment is being won. Now for the battle over supply.

03 June 2011
The Economist
VIETNAM: Compulsory drug treatment centres “counterproductive”

Vietnam's compulsory treatment centres “are counterproductive on every single level,” said Simon Baldwin, a former senior technical officer for HIV and drugs, at the US NGO Family Health International, which is working on drug treatment in Vietnam.

09 May 2011
IRIN Plus News
The Beginning of the End for the War on Drugs?

A report to the U.N. General Assembly at the end of October about the need for better sex education was met with a flurry of angry voices. African nations rejected the report. Caribbean countries said they took "umbrage" and wanted to "put on record" their strong disapproval. read more

21 November 2010
Human Rights Watch HIV/TB
What Britain could learn from Portugal's drugs policy

A decade ago Portugal took a radical new approach to illegal drugs by treating users as people with social problems rather than as criminals. Could it work in the UK?

05 September 2010
The Observer

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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