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The World Health Organization Calls for the Decriminalisation of Drug Use

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The World Health Organization, has called for the world to end the criminalisation drug users.

The report was published this month.

Advocates believe the recommendation is grounded in concerns for public health and human rights.

But the suggestion is pointed directly to persons with HIV.

In the report, the WHO states:

>“Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize injection and other use of drugs and, thereby, reduce incarceration.
Countries should work toward developing policies and laws that decriminalize the use of clean needles and syringes (and that permit NSPs[needle and syringe programs]) and that legalize OST [opiate substitution treatment] for people who are opioid-dependent. Countries should ban compulsory treatment for people who use and/or inject drugs ”

This seems to be the clearest call for such far-reaching reform from within the UN community.

>“Reform approaches towards drug use. Rather than punishing people who use drugs but do no harm to others, governments must offer them access to effective HIV and health services, including harm reduction programmes and voluntary, evidence-based treatment for drug dependence”

For more on decriminalisation, what it means, who is doing it, why, and how, see this chapter written by Transform’s Steve Rolles, and Niamh Eastwood from Release, in the HRI Global State of Harm Reduction 2012 report.

[SOURCE](http://www.tdpf.org.uk/blog/world-health-organization-calls-decriminalisation-drug-use)

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