ROME CONSENSUS 2.0 AT THE UNITED NATIONS 64TH COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS VIRTUAL SIDE EVENT
The Rome Consensus 2.0 alliance presented a virtual side event at the United Nations 64th Commission on Narcotic Drugs on April 16th, 2021: “Moving beyond the divisions in order to develop humanitarian drug policies: the role of the Rome Consensus 2.0 initiative”.
388 people registered to attend the event an audience of 207 participants from all over the world joined the panel. During the event all seven speakers agreed that the primary objective of humanitarian drug policy is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity by fighting social, legal and cultural criminalization and stigmatization of people with substance use disorders. An essential step in achieving it is to overcome the false dichotomies between harm reduction, prevention, treatment and recovery.
The shared goal of the statement is to reduce the health and social harms caused by non-science based drug policies that do not address issues related to reducing drug use and the attendant linkages between drugs and crime. Rather than punitive approaches, the Rome Consensus 2.0 calls for prevention, treatment, harm reduction, medication assisted recovery, and adoption of the newly emerging practice of deflection from arrest.
We were pleased and honored to see such a large number of participants from all over the world including many Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers, UN agencies, Government bodies, NGO’s, universities, health and social workers, law enforcement experts and human rights activists.
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