President calls for better drug policies that prioritise public health

“On the occasion of the global day of action for the ‘Support, don’t punish’ Campaign, I would like to join the Campaign’s call for better drug policies that prioritise public health and human rights,” today declared PACE President Anne Brasseur.

“The Parliamentary Assembly is fully aware of the world drug problem, which constitutes a major public health threat, for both individual drug users and society. In the past, the Assembly has called for drug policies that focus on prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration, which requires action from authorities at both national and local levels. In particular, the Assembly has called for improved harm-reduction methods and increased access to new treatments, thus following an approach based on human rights.”

“Next April, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a special session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem with a view to considering new approaches to drug policy. This could be a good opportunity for the Council of Europe to promote drug policies that focus on public health and human rights. In this context, the Pompidou Group made ‘bringing human rights to the forefront of drug policy’ one of its thematic priorities for 2015-2018, which I welcome,” she added.