Press Release: International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) evaluates UN’s 10-year program

The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) presented today the report “Taking stock: A decade of drug policy – A civil society shadow report” in Vienna today. The findings are a response from the International Consortium, a network of 174 non-governmental organizations around the world, in the failure of  governments and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to substantially evaluate the ten-year program they adopted in 2009. Member states of the UN declared in 2009 that they “will eliminate or substantially reduce and reduce measurably illicit drug supply and demand, trafficking, diversion of precursors and money laundering.” The report finds that UN Member States are still pursuing a policy that causes devastating effects on health, human rights, security and development, without reducing global supply and use of illicit drugs.

According to UNODC’s annual reports on drugs, over the past decade there has been an increase of 145% of drug-related deaths, noting that in 2015 drug deaths already amounted to 450,000
• At least 3,940 people have been executed for drug offenses over the past decade, while 33 countries have maintained the death penalty for drug-related offenses in violation of international standards.
• About 27,000 out-of-court executions took place in the Philippines as part of its repressive drug policy.
• More than 71,000 overdose deaths in 2017 are the current policy review in the United States of America.
• The global epidemic of pain resulting from restrictions on access to controlled medicines remains. The drug control system has left 75% of the world’s population without adequate access to pain relief.
• Mass imprisonment fueled by the criminalization of people using drugs – with one in five detainees being in prison for drug offenses – mainly for personal use. ”

Ann Fordham, the director of the International Consortium, said: “The fact that governments and the UN do not see fit to properly assess the catastrophic impact of the last ten years of drug policy is strange to us, but it remains disappointing. next March in the United Nations and likely to repeat itself for the next decade. ”
• There is an increasing tendency in Greece – albeit to a lesser extent than other European countries – in both the use and increase in the number of offenses under the law on drugs. According to the law enforcement authorities, there is an increase in offenses related to the use and possession of drugs for personal use in 2015 compared to 2013 and 2014. Out of 23,748 persons 14,704 (73%) concern use and possession and 9,044 (27) %) offering and handling.
The Director of “Diogenis, Drug Policy Dialogue”, Mr Thanassis Apostolou, commenting on the International Consortium’s shadowing report and the high proportion of drug law offenses in Greece for possession of drugs for personal use, states that “in the current control system drugs have been pursued for decades by policies of repression that do not lead to results. It is spending being wasted on actions that do not work. States must dare to implement realistic policies and to change the system that has repeatedly been shown not to work. ”