BF drug policy publications

‘Rethinking US Drug Policy’ published in Spanish

November 8, 2011 BF drug policy publications

The Beckley Foundation published Peter Hakim’s ‘Rethinking US Drug Policy’ in February 2011. The publication has recently been translated and is now available in Spanish. To access the Spanish document please click here. The original English document is available here. From the blurb: Most Americans believe that their country’s forty-year “war on drugs” has failed. […]

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Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs has been ‘Doctored’

January 25, 2011 BF drug policy publications

A new UK government appointment has sparked fierce debate within the field of drug policy. Manchester GP, Dr Hans-Christian Raabe has been chosen as a new member for the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). The Beckley Foundation is concerned that the selection of Dr Raabe may be indicative of a continued tendency […]

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The International Drug Policy Consortium

October 21, 2010 BF Drug Policy Initiatives

The Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme aims to cast light on the current dilemmas facing policymakers at national and international level, as they seek to improve the effectiveness of global drug policies. The work of this initiative will be conducted within the context of a broad consortium of non-governmental organisations and professional networks, which share […]

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UNAIDS & the Prevention of HIV Infection through Injecting Drug Use

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

THE PROBLEM Since the world community first became aware of the widespread transmission of HIV, the risk of infection through the sharing of syringes by people who inject drugs has been a key concern for policymakers. While the injection of illegal drugs (primarily heroin but also, in many parts of the world, amphetamine and cocaine) […]

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Drug Policy in India: Compounding Harm?

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

Contemporary international drug policy seeks to control both the demand and supply of drugs through the criminalisation of production, trafficking and use. Furthermore, adherence to the United Nations drug control conventions ensures that most nation states adopt a similar prohibition-oriented approach when formulating national drug control legislation. Recent research suggests that this can be problematic […]

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Report of the Third Beckley International Drug Policy Seminar

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE SEMINAR The Beckley Foundation organised its third annual international seminar on drug policy in the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London, United Kingdom, on 4 December 2006. The objective of the seminar was to examine the preparations for the forthcoming global review of the international drug control system. The review […]

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The Australian “heroin shortage” six years on.

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

During the mid to late 1990s in Australia heroin and heroin related deaths increased steeply, peaking at over 1000 deaths in 1999. In January 2001, there was an abrupt, unpredicted and unprecedented reduction in heroin supply with nearly simultaneous onset in all Australian jurisdictions. The shortage was most marked in New South Wales, the State […]

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The Swiss Four Pillars Policy: An Evolution From Local Experimentation to Federal Law

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

A distinctive feature of the Swiss political system is its extensive use of the referendum process. November 30, 2008, saw the Swiss electorate vote in favour, with a figure of 68%, of ratifying a historic federal law on narcotics. This ratification finally established in legislation the principle of ‘Four Pillars’, a policy that has been […]

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Ten years of Plan Colombia: An Analytic Assessment

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

Over the last decade Plan Colombia has been the principal strategy addressing the complex dynamics of illicit drugs production within that country. It is based on the assumption that a reduction in the illicit drugs market worldwide can be tackled by focusing on supply control measures. Plan Colombia was originally proposed as a peace programme, […]

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At a Crossroads: Drug Trafficking, Violence and the Mexican State.

October 20, 2010 BF drug policy publications

In this joint WOLA-BFDPP policy brief, the authors provide an overview of current and past drug policies implemented by the Mexican government, with a focus on its law enforcement efforts. It analyzes the trends in the increased reliance on the Mexican armed forces in counter-drug activities and the role that the United States government has […]

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