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16, 052 People Endorse the Vienna Declaration

The Vienna Declaration is a scientific statement stressing that conventional illicit drug policies have failed to achieve their intended objectives and that evidence-based public health approaches are urgently needed. More…

The Vienna Declaration was the official declaration of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010). The two-page declaration references 28 reports, describing the scientific evidence documenting the effectiveness of public health approaches to drug policy and the negative consequences of approaches that criminalize drug users.

The Declaration calls on governments and international organizations, including the United Nations, to:
Undertake a transparent review of the effectiveness of current drug policies.
Implement and evaluate a science-based public health approach to address the individual and community harms stemming from illicit drug use.
Decriminalize drug users, scale up evidence-based drug dependence treatment options and abolish ineffective compulsory drug treatment centers that violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Unequivocally endorse and scale up funding for the implementation of the comprehensive package of HIV interventions spelled out in the WHO, UNODC and UNAIDS Target Setting Guide.
Meaningfully involve members of the affected community in developing, monitoring and implementing services and policies that affect their lives.
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