The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) just published the Consensus Statement on Drug Use Under Prohibition. The document is informed by the perspective of those who are so catastrophically impacted by global prohibition and by the so-called ‘war on drugs’: people who use drugs themselves.
This document highlights the outcomes of the war on drugs. It makes clear that the war on drugs is, in reality, a war on people who use drugs, and a war on the communities in which they live. It is a war that has had appalling impacts upon health, welfare, and human rights.
Criminalisation, and the understandings that justify it, have resulted in the rights of people who use drugs being systemically and endemically violated globally.
This Consensus Statement not only establishes the context of oppression and human rights violations inwhich people who use drugs live, but also sets out the imperative changes necessary to mitigate the harms and human rights violations to which they are subject.