How well do international drug conventions protect public health?

  title={How well do international drug conventions protect public health?},
  author={Robin Room and Peter Reuter},
  journal={The Lancet},
The UN Drug Conventions: Evidence on Effects and Impact
  • R. Room
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • 2015
The system has assured access to pain medication in most high-income countries, but not in much of the world, where the system’s emphasis on law enforcement has often indirectly but effectively cut off supplies, and in terms of controlling legal medical markets, the system has had mixed success.
The future of the international drug control system and national drug prohibitions
  • W. Hall
  • Political Science
  • 2018
It is argued that a major risk of cannabis legalization in the United States is promotion of heavy use and increased harm by a weakly regulated industry, and that it is unclear what the best approach is to reducing possible harms that may arise from the use of new psychoactive substances.
Public Policy Proposals for Regulating Drugs and Reducing Risk and Harm: Options and Strategies
One century after the first international drug convention, and 50 years after the first UN Convention on drug control, the international community is questioning the currently dominant approach of
Mexico’s “ley de narcomenudeo” drug policy reform and the international drug control regime
It is argued that Mexico’s reform is consistent with flexibilities allowed under international drug treaty instruments and related commentaries and advocate that drug policy reforms and future governance efforts should be based on empirical evidence, emphasize harm reduction practices, and integrate evidence-based evaluation and implementation of drug reform measures.
Social Regulation of Drugs: the New 'Normal'?
A Norwegian researcher recently described normalization as "the most important development in the sociology of drug use in several decades." This paper will trace the evolution of normalization of
The abject failure of drug prohibition
For more than 50 years, like most other countries Australian drug policy relied heavily on law enforcement: politicians emphasised criminal justice measures and the overwhelming majority of
Romania's Drug Policy from 2005 to 2012: Experiences with Implementation
  • C. Dégi
  • Political Science, Medicine
    Substance use & misuse
  • 2014
As Romania continues to face serious financial limitations, evidence-based research on drug use is needed; best practice guidelines have to be followed in order to improve access to drug prevention, treatment, and harm-reduction services.


Charting WHO--goals for licit and illicit drugs for the year 2000: are we 'on track'?
Looking at available macro-indicators of harm, it must be concluded with, the world does not seem to be 'on track' globally in reducing harms related to drugs in accordance with the WHO goals.
The 2013 Commission on Narcotic Drugs: Report of Proceedings
Reflections upon this year’s CND are mixed. On the one hand, some states went further than ever before in openly challenging the current regime on the grounds that, after a century, it needs
IDPC Briefing Paper- Why is the Outcome of the United Nations Drug Policy Review so Weak and Inconclusive?
Political representatives from over 130 countries gathered at a United Nations high level meeting in Vienna on 11th/12th March 2009 to conclude a 2-year long review of progress achieved within the
International control of alcohol: alternative paths forward.
  • R. Room
  • Medicine
    Drug and alcohol review
  • 2006
In considering potential contents of an alcohol convention, it is noted that both the FCTC and the drug conventions are concerned at least as much with domestic markets as with international trade.
Do medical cannabis laws encourage cannabis use?
Trends in morphine prescriptions, illicit morphine use and associated harms among regular injecting drug users in Australia.
Examination of population trends in morphine prescriptions in Australia contrasts them with findings from annual surveys with regular injecting drug users (IDU), and morphine injection appears to be associated with polydrug use, and with it, a range of problems related to drug injection.
The stages of the international drug control system.
It is argued that the history of the international drug control system of the League of Nations/United Nations can be divided into three cumulative stages, with demand control, in the form of treatment and criminalization of the individual user, the least successful stage.