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Towards a Review of Global Policies on Drugs

Roberts, Marcus, Klein, Axel (2004) Towards a Review of Global Policies on Drugs. The Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme, 9 pp. (KAR id:24741)


This first report from the Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme (BFDPP) discusses the global drug control system - particularly the role of the United Nations – and the challenges confronting drug policy. It argues that the current system is not achieving its stated objective: to eradicate completely – or even substantially reduce – illicit drug markets. On the contrary, over four fifths of the 92 countries that reported on progress to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said that drug use in their populations was either not coming down or – in the majority of cases – was still going up.

It is concluded that the drug free world currently sought by the UN is an impossible ideal, but a world in which far less harm is caused as a result of the production, trafficking and consumption of drugs is both an inspiring ideal and an achievable objective.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Uncontrolled keywords: United Nations, drug control systems, drug policy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 09:38 UTC
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 15:31 UTC
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