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.

In memoriam: Adrian Cowell

October 2011

Adrian Cowell, a groundbreaking documentary film maker and good friend, died early October in London.

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.

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.

Conference: Potent Substances: on the Boundaries of Food and Medicine

September 2010

Potent Substances will engage historians, anthropologists, scientists and policy‐makers in conversation about the boundaries of food and pharmacy. Three days will be devoted to the following sub‐themes: Old Food and Drugs for New; Boundaries and Expertise; and Arts and the Environment. The long‐term aims are to offer policy and practice recommendations on the boundaries of food and pharmacy relevant to high priority current and likely future challenges, drawing on the interdisciplinary knowledge of the conference participants.


Southeast Asia Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2010, Bangkok

August 2010

Final report on the Southeast Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, an initiative of TNI and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), that took place in Bangkok, 2010.

The WHO cocaine project

February 2010

In 1995 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) announced in a press release the publication of the results of the largest global study on cocaine use ever undertaken.

Development first: lessons learned in promoting rural development and reducing illicit crop cultivation in Afghanistan and the Andes

December 2009

Organised by The Washington Office on Latin America

In cooperation with

Senator Bob Menendez
Chairman, Subcommittee on International Development
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


Representative John Tierney
Chairman, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Tom Kramer
Researcher, Drugs and Democracy Program, Transnational Institute (TNI)

Redefining Targets

December 2009

Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium and has an under-reported but growing heroin-use problem. Current drug control policies in Afghanistan are unrealistic, reflecting a need for immediate signs of hope rather than a serious analysis of the underlying causes and an effort to achieve long-term solutions.

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