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Efforts to Tackle Illegal Drugs ‘Spectacular’ Failure

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Expand A syringe used for injecting the opioid heroin.  © Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters As we approach 2019 – the year set out by the UN a decade ago as the target date by which to “eliminate or reduce significantly and measurably” illegal drug markets – the International Drug Policy Consortium, a global coalition of 170 nongovernmental organizations working on drug policy issues, argues that this goal has been “spectacularly missed.” The Consortium’s report, drawing on data from government and nongovernment sources, provides a comprehensive evaluation of the 10-year UN drugs strategy and concludes…

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