Radical relook at drug policies puts human rights into equation

“The message is that no country is doing well. They all have huge room for improvement”
IPS News
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

gdpi logoA “radically innovative” new analysis of global drug policies has laid bare the full impact repressive drug laws and their implementation have on millions of people worldwide, civil society groups behind its creation have said. The Global Drug Policy Index (GDPI), developed by the Harm Reduction Consortium (HRC) ranks countries on their drug policies against a series of indicators related to health, development, and human rights. It is the first tool of its kind to document, measure, and compare countries’ drug policies, and their implementation, across the world. And the results of the first index have underlined how even the best-ranked countries are falling dramatically short in aligning policies and their implementation with UN principles of human rights, health, and development.