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#Elections2019: Who can solve SA’s drug policy problem?

April 29, 2019

Drugs continue to devastate many lives and the people who use them are caught in a tug-of-war between morality and research. Do the country’s prominent political parties offer policies based on evidence, ideology or simply a lack of understanding?

Heroin trade prospers in plain sight

April 12, 2019

The “thriving” heroin trade, estimated to be worth billions on rands, is being worsened by outdated drug policies and the neglect of marginalised communities.

Sex, drugs and Amsterdam – is tolerance the answer?

July 30, 2018

Amsterdam’s tolerance of sex work and recreational drugs has translated into better health outcomes for its citizens. Can its approach be adopted by other countries where HIV thrives in the shadows?

Legalise illicit drugs, says ex-cop

August 3, 2017

Undercover narcotics officer Neil Woods saw the worst of the drug underworld and told the SA Drug Policy conference that the best way to deal with illicit drugs is to legalise and regulate them

Distributing clean needles to curb the spread of HIV

The Step Up Project runs needle exchange programmes with injecting drug users in Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane.

Drugs: World contemplates punishment or rehabilitation

The prohibition of illegal drugs has failed to stop drug use, instead fanning a massive and violent black market. This week, the UN meets to discuss whether its ‘war on drugs’ approach needs to change