|The Alternative World Drug Report:
Counting the Costs of the war on drugs
After over 50 years, the current enforcement-led international drug control system is coming under unparalleled scrutiny over its failure to deliver the promised “drug-free world”, and for what the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) describes as its negative “unintended consequences” on health, crime, development and human rights. It is unacceptable that despite acknowledging these negative impacts, neither the UN nor its member governments have meaningfully assessed them to establish whether they outweigh the intended consequences. They are not included in the UNODC’s flagship annual World Drug Report, and are not informing the high-level drug policy debate.
This Alternative World Drug Report fills this gap in government and UN evaluations by detailing the full range of negative impacts of the “war on drugs”, and lays out the options for alternative approaches that could deliver better outcomes.
The Count the Costs initiative is a group of over 100 NGOs from across the globe that are calling on governments and the UN to count the costs of the war on drugs, and explore the alternatives based on the best possible evidence.
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