The Global Commission on Drug Policy

The purpose of The Global Commission on Drug Policy is to bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies.

Classification Of Psychoactive Substances: When Science Was Left Behind

The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

– John Ehrlichman (in 1994), Assistant to US President Richard Nixon for Domestic Affairs (1969-1973)

Regulation – The Responsible Control of Drugs

The international drug control regime continues to be based on a single premise: prohibition of any use of drugs beyond their medical and scientific use, thus forbidding their production, exchange, transport, sale and consumption. A demand for drugs exists, however, and if it is not satisfied through legal ways it will be satisfied by the illegal market. Prohibition has allowed criminal organizations to control the whole chain of drugs. Every region in the world suffers: from violence induced by turf wars over production areas and transit routes, from corruption and connivance of state institutions, and from laundering of drug money, which damages the legal economy and the functioning of democratic institutions. Collaboration among countries is necessary to face crime multinational enterprises.

– Ruth Dreifuss, Former President of Switzerland

The Opioid Crisis in North America

Advancing Drug Policy Reform: a new approach to decriminalization

Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies That Work

The Negative Impact of the War on Drugs on Public Health: The Hidden Hepatitis C Epidemic

The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS

The War on Drugs