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Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Drug policy developments of 2016

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Excellent resource from the Talking Drugs website - an interactive map of Drug policy developments all over the world in 2016.

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I came across a great resource on the Talking Drugs website.

Published on 298 December 2016, the interactive map reproduced below enables anyone to explore some of this year’s most significant developments in international drug policy.

Green icons denote developments that move towards an evidence-based approach

Red icons denote developments that move away from an evidence-based approach, or harms that have resulted from the lack of evidence-based policies

2016 was a momentous year for international drug policy.

Evidence-based health-focused drug policies have been implemented or approved in a range of countries; France has seen its first legal drug consumption rooms, and the South African government has approved medical cannabis. However, the year has also seen some of the most repressive and violent drug policies in recent memory – most notably, the on-going mass slaughter of alleged drug offenders in the Philippines.

If you zoom in on the UK, you can see entries relating to the Psychoactive Substance Act and Glasgow’s approval of a drug consumption room. If you click on each tick or cross, you get a link to detailed information about the initiative it describes.

If you can’t see the map on your device, just click here.

 

 

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