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    'Successful' opium control a disaster for farmers and drug users, finds new study

    23 August 2008
    Article
    A significant decline in opium production in Burma and Laos, which has been heralded as a major success for international drug control policy, is having a devastating effect on farmers and is triggering worrying consequences for drug users according to a new report released today by the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute (TNI).
  2. Exploring the Land-Drugs Nexus

    19 October 2014 - Event
  3. Exploring the Land-Drugs Nexus

    18 October 2014 - Event

    This conference will explore the nexus between land and drugs.

    Download Conference Agenda (PDF, 127KB)

  4. International Impacts of the U.S. Trend towards Legal Marijuana

    17 October 2014 - Event

    For decades, the United States has been a champion of the global drug control treaty system, which limits the use of marijuana exclusively to medical and scientific purposes, and obligates governments to punish and even criminalize recreational marijuana activity. But American attitudes toward marijuana policy are shifting: voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to legalize regulated recreational marijuana in 2012, and recent polls suggest that the majority of Americans think marijuana use should be legalized.

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    Groups put pressure on governments to reform harmful drug policies

    Press Release
    26 June 2009
    Article

    Amsterdam, 25 June — As the United Nations launches the 2009 World Drug Report this week, more than 40 international groups and experts worldwide today issue a call to action that presses governments to adopt a humane approach to drug policy. The call to action, signed by the Transnational Institute (TNI), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, former president of Brazil Fernando Cardoso, and others, urges governments to enact policies that are based on scientific and medical research rather than politics.

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

    Drugs and Democracy
    02 June 2011
    Article

    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.

  7. Drug report in Southeast Asia

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    16 January 2009
    Article

    The assumption that reducing opium production would lead to less drug use has been proven wrong. It has instead contributed to a pattern of an increased use of stronger drugs and more harmful patterns of use.

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    SE Asia's war on drugs is ‘fueling production’

    02 June 2014
    In the media
    Strategy has backfired and worsened problem, says report
  9. Drug policy must return to focus on public health, SPP panelists say

    11 April 2013
    Other news

    Global drug policy must move away from stigmatizing and criminalizing users and focus on the public health issues at stake, panelists concluded at the third drug policy debate hosted by CEU’s School of Public Policy and the Open Society Foundations’ Global Drug Policy Program on April 11. Panelists expressed hope that the current momentum in this direction will result in significant changes at the United Nations drug policy summit slated for 2016.

  10. Tackle Burma's Drugs Problem

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    05 April 2012
    Article

    Policy priorities should focus on how best to manage and reduce the many health and social harms associated with the reality of a persistent and ever changing drugs market. 

  11. War Without End

    Tom Blickman
    07 June 2008
    In the media

    An extraordinary documentary marking a new level in broadcast journalism critiquing the international war on drugs was shown on Irish TV last on 3 June 2008. The report is a comprehensive indictment of the global drug war and asks if there is an alternative to this war without end.

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    The United Nations and Harm Reduction Overview and Links

    17 November 2005
    Article

    TNI and official links on UN and Harm Reduction

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    Afghanistan's hidden drug problem

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    23 November 2009
    Article

    Afghanistan's drug problem is not simply one of opium production - there is a growing number of heroin addicts that the country is ill prepared to deal with.

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    Withdrawal Symptoms Briefing

    • Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    23 August 2008
    Policy briefing

    This TNI briefing aims at contributing to a better understanding of current market dynamics in Southeast Asia, essential for designing more effective and sustainable policy responses consistent with human rights and harm reduction principles.

     
  16. Withdrawal symptoms for Golden Triangle drug trade

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    23 August 2008
    Article
    Opium production in the Golden Triangle has decreased significantly over the past decade. But the rapid decline has caused major suffering among former poppy-growing communities in Burma and Laos, making it difficult to characterise developments as a "success story".
  17. How marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is making the world a better place

    Christopher Ingraham
    20 October 2014
    In the media

    It's time to explore a multilateral reworking of the drug control treaties to better reflect current realities.

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    Ketamine: why not everyone wants a ban

    Rachel Wright
    13 March 2015
    In the media

    China is proposing there should be a worldwide ban on ketamine - the class B drug that can lead to users needing to have their bladders removed. But ketamine is used as an anaesthetic drug in much of Africa, and there are fears further international controls could affect medical usage too.

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