Inside Story

What’s the solution to the world’s drug problem?

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the UN is holding a special session on drug policy.

Around the world, experts are questioning the conventional wisdom that says to eradicate drugs, you have to punish the people who produce and consume them.

The United States was the architect of the so-called war on drugs.

Now, a number of its states are either considering or have already legalised cannabis. Similar moves towards decriminalisation or liberalisation of drug policy are happening in Canada, Mexico and Colombia and have already happened in Uruguay and Portugal.

Is the global debate on drug policy at a turning point?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida


Daniel Wolfe – Director of the International Harm Reduction Development Programme at the Open Society Foundations.

Danny Kushlick – Head of External Affairs at the Transform Think-Tank, that campaigns for an end to the drug war.

Tariq Zafar – Executive Director of the Nai Zindagi Trust, rights based health and social services for people affected by drug use, HIV and Aids.