On average, someone is arrested every three hours in Poland on suspicion of drug possession, most often during a routine street frisk.
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!
Our video report from the panel discussion "Drugs and Development: Punishing the Poor"
Please watch and share the latest of our Count the Costs campaign movie serials!
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
One of the worst negative consequences of the global war on drugs is stigma – watch our movie and count the costs with us!
Watch and share our movie to raise awareness on the human rights consequences of the global war on drugs! Read more >>
There is no consistency in our policies on drugs – says Ruth Dreifuss, the former president of the Swiss Federation
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!
Video reports of the Count the Costs campaign events organized by the European Drug Policy Initiative in 5 European cities
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.