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Malaysians paid over half a billion ringgit to jail drug users in 2017
18 Jun 2019
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — The government spent over half a billion ringgit to jail minor drug offenders just in 2017 alone and over RM200 million more to arrest and house addicts in state-run rehabilitation centres the same year, a drug law reform forum was told.
Ending the ‘war on drugs’ requires justice for the impoverished communities who grow them
18 Jun 2019
The drugs trade is often portrayed as populated by wealthy individuals. The reality is poor communities targeted for repression, criminalisation and even the death penalty.
The Next US President Can Cut Incarceration Rates in Half
6 Jun 2019
On any given night in the United States, more than 2.2 million people go to sleep behind bars in prisons and jails. People cycle in and out of jail more than 10 million times a year.
Irish and overseas addiction doctors rebut Cannabis Risk Alliance letter & call for drug decriminalisation
5 Jun 2019
They're urging Minister Catherine Byrne and the government to "adopt a health-led, rather than criminal justice, approach to this problem"
JUSTICE MINISTER RONALD LAMOLA TO GO AFTER DRUG DEALERS, USERS
4 Jun 2019
Lamola said one of his priorities will be to make sure drug dealers and abusers are prosecuted to clean the streets.
A fundamental contradiction in EU drug policy
4 Jun 2019
Over the past three decades, European governments have been moving to protect people who use drugs from drug-related health harms.
KEY UN BOARD ENDORSES REFORM
3 Jun 2019
The Chief Executives Board of the UN, representing 31 UN agencies, has adopted a common position on drug policy that endorses decriminalisation of possession and use. This comes just days before a key meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, which will review, the UN’s 10-year Global Drug Strategy, and plan for the next one.
In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing
24 May 2019
The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.
US fentanyl crisis could end opium era in Mexico: 'the only crop that paid’
13 May 2019
The market price for opium has plummeted many in the US have swapped heroin for fentanyl, and could force Mexico’s impoverished farmers to abandon the narcotics trade
Stark racial, financial divides found in opioid addiction treatment
13 May 2019
Escaping the grip of opioid addiction doesn't come easily for anyone. But a new study reveals sharp racial and financial divides in which Americans receive effective treatments for opioid addiction.
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