Rebalancing drug policy towards public health: WHO outline their draft input to UNGASS 2016
Read the latest input by WHO to the UNGASS process.
19th January 2016
Please find here the draft WHO input into the UNGASS process. As you will see, the report includes strong recommendations in the field of drug prevention.
In regard to drug treatment, the report points to the importance of harm reduction services, integrated interventions, psychosocial treatment, therapeutic communities and residential drug free programmes. It also states «with the ultimate goal of recovery».
They point out that punitive practices can exclude people from treatment services, which we all agree with, and they point to the UNAIDS; WHO, UNODC technical guide on harm reduction, which we support. They point to the need for harm reduction/treatment services in prisons and also call for much needed support for child and family sensitive services.
The report also points to the vital need for essential medicines – both for the general population in terms of pain relief but also access to substitution treatment. Again the emphasis has been more on control and this has led countries to adopt unnecessarily strict regulations.
The report finishes with a short list of suggestions for monitoring and evaluation:
•Drug use in the population and different age groups
•Drug attributable disease burden
•Public health impact on measures taken
•Drug attributable mortality and morbidity
•Coverage and quality of prevention, treatment and HR interventions