Fighting barriers not people
Right now, the global ‘war on drugs’ is really a war on people who use drugs.
In many countries, laws and systems increase the harm caused by drugs. The fear of abuse by authorities pushes people away from life-saving care.
Evidence shows that treating people like criminals because they use drugs just makes their health worse. Yet people who use drugs are overrepresented in prisons, where proven services are often scarce. This approach just puts more barriers between people and the care they need. Read more about how stigma is preventing us from ending AIDS.
We want to make sure people who use drugs get non-judgmental support. The services on offer need to be sensitive to their age, sexuality, and gender and focused on positive change.