Count the Costs

In 2011 the United Nations celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the first international treaty prohibiting (some) drugs. Several NGOs, including the HCLU, launched "The War on Drugs: Count the Costs", an international campaign that calls on governments and international agencies to meaningfully evaluate the unintended consequences of the war on drugs and explore evidence-based alternatives. Transform, a UK-based drug policy think thank identified 7 major costs of the global drug war: it undermines health and security, threatens public health by spreading disease and death, undermines human rights, promotes discrimination and stigma, creates crime and enrich criminals, leads to deforestation and pollution and wastes billions of dollars on drug law enforcement. The HCLU has produced thematic movies to illustrate these costs and raise awareness on the alternatives of current drug control policies. Join the campaign at www.countthecosts.org!

January 30, 2014

Polish Drug Policy by Numbers

On average,  someone is arrested every three hours in Poland on suspicion of drug possession, most often during a routine street frisk.

April 10, 2013
June 18, 2012

HCLU wins two first prizes in the 2012 Web Video Contest of Kreatív Magazin

Our video "The Human Rights Costs of the War on Drugs" has won first prize for best online video series. Our Hungarian language animated promotional video won first prize in the ‘PR video’ category

April 25, 2012

Addicted to Stigma - COUNT THE COSTS SERIES

One of the worst negative consequences of the global war on drugs is stigma - watch our movie and count the costs with us!

 
February 2, 2012

Count the Costs with Former Presidents!

There is no consistency in our policies on drugs - says Ruth Dreifuss, the former president of the Swiss Federation

December 12, 2011

Street Action in Bulgaria: Count the Costs!

Initiative for Health, a harm reduction NGO, organized the first street action in Bulgaria to promote drug policy reform. The event was part of a coordinated international advocacy campaign of the European Drug Policy Initiative - please read the report of our Bulgarian partner!

September 5, 2011

Count the Costs Campaign Events in European Capitals

Video reports of the Count the Costs campaign events organized by the European Drug Policy Initiative in 5 European cities

June 6, 2011

Launch of the Count the Costs campaign - The presentations now on video!

The War on Drugs: Count the Costs campaign calls on governments and international agencies to meaningfully evaluate the unintended consequences of the war on drugs and explore evidence-based alternatives. Now you can watch the four full presentations that were held at the launch of the campaign.

April 1, 2011

A 50 Year Old Convention: What's Wrong With an Update?

In our short movie we ask Mr. Fedotov, the head of the UN drug agency and his critics to express their views on the 50 years of global drug prohibition

March 29, 2011

Drug Lords Celebrate the Drug War at the UN!

The Drug Lords International came to Vienna to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs