While old and emerging patterns of drug use, drug related
harm and drug related crime have put countries to the test, an increasing
number of member States have developed sustainable solutions by
bringing human rights into drug policies.
This report describes, through concrete examples, how human
rights standards should form an integral part of drug policy development,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation. It takes a proactive
and holistic approach to counter societal problems related to drugs
in a way that fully respects human rights.
Political and infrastructural obstacles need to be identified
and addressed to allow for the implementation of effective and human
While measuring the success and coherence of drug policies
is not an easy task, the report advocates for the adoption of evaluation
mechanisms and indicators tailored to a new understanding of drugs
and related harm. Such indicators should provide guidance to member
States taking on the challenge to review the impact of their drug
policies on individuals and societies.