Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work (September 2014)

This report was published by the Global Commission on Drug Policy in September 2015. The report sets out the need for a new drug control regime, with focus on the protection of health and safety. The report also looks at how the 'war on drugs' has failed, how it has generated both social and health problems, and how new policies that are approaching with emphasis on safeguarding health, safety, security, human rights and development. 

The report also set out five pathways to improve the global drug policy regime. These five pathways are putting people's health and safety first, ensuring access to essential medicines and pain control, end the criminalization and incarceration of people who use drugs, refocus enforcement responses to drug trafficking and organized crime, and to regulate drug markets to put governments in control. Conclusively the report urges state leaders to utilise the opportunity presented at the UNGASS 2016 to reform the global drug policy regime.

Citation: Global Commission on Drug Policy, 'Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work' (2014)