Drugs Policies

TNI has been working for a radical reform of international drugs policies since 1998 and runs an internationally respected Drugs and Democracy Programme. TNI's call for a new paradigm to tackle drug abuse based on harm reduction, effective alternative development programmes, revision of International Drug Control conventions and full respect for human rights has gained increasing support from civil society, governments and international institutions.

Amphetamine Type Stimulants and Harm Reduction

October 2011

Little is known about the methamphetamine market in East and Southeast Asia, but there are strong indications that the situation is deteriorating with substances becoming stronger, methods of use more harmful and the number of users steadily increasing. There is an urgent need for donors and governments to introduce effective harm reduction measures.

Estimulantes de tipo anfetamínico y reducción de daños

October 2011

Poco se sabe sobre el mercado de la metanfetamina en Asia oriental y sudoriental, pero hay fuertes indicios de que la situación se está deteriorando con sustancias cada vez más fuertes, métodos de consumo más perjudiciales y el creciente número de usuarios. Urge que donantes y Gobiernos adopten medidas eficaces para la reducción de daños.

Treaty guardians in distress

July 2011

The guardian of the UN drug control treaties has proved unable to respond in a rational manner to the need for radical reform of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. 

Global Commission on Drug Policy Chair Responds to Release of UN’s 2011 World Drug Report

June 2011

The Global Commission on Drug Policy calls on the UN to break the taboo on vigorous debate about alternatives to the failed war on drugs.

Global Commission on Drugs Policy calls for an end to the War on Drugs

June 2011

The Global Commission on Drug Policy report that calls for an end to the "war on drugs" draws on TNI's research and supports many of the recommendations TNI
has been promoting over the years.

Conviction by Numbers

Genevieve Harris
May 2011

Threshold quantities (TQs) for drug law and policy are being experimented with across many jurisdictions.

International Seminar “La lucha contra el crimen organizado: hacia una estrategia integral”

April 2011

On 4 and 5 April 2011, Tom Blickman participated in the International
Seminar "La lucha contra el crimen organizado: hacia una estrategia integral” in Mexico City.

Time for a realistic new international drugs framework

March 2011

It is time to face up to the fact that the 50 year old 1961 UN drugs convention is obsolete, impossible to amend and has lost its integrity.

Fifty Years of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs: A Reinterpretation

David Bewley-Taylor
March 2011

Fifty years after its entering into force, it is time for a critical reflection on the validity of the Single Convention today: a reinterpretation of its historical significance and an assessment of its aims, its strengths and its weaknesses.

Lifting the ban on coca chewing

March 2011

This briefing paper analyses the reasons behind Bolivia’s proposal to remove from the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs the obligation to abolish the practice of coca chewing and the opposing arguments that have been brought forward.