In Italy the documentary on San Patrignano community has started a wide debate on drugs. A lot has changed from the '80's and '90's: the fight for de-crimininalization of drug use has won support, harm reduction is now part of the public drug policies, a significant part of Italians agree on cannabis legalization. But the current debate shows also that there is a “long shadow” of those years: drug use paradigm, PWUD stigma and human rights violation didn't change in public opinion, and in political and mass media discourse.
The most part of Italian PWUD have been able to cope with the pandemic and the first lockdown adopting effective strategies both regarding their drug use and the Covid19 prevention. Susanna Ronconi, Forum Droghe (Italy) on the findings from four researches conducted by a network of CSOs during the lockdown.
As a result of civil society mobilization, the Health Ministry suspended last week the restrictive and anti-scientific decree on CBD.
Harvey Slade write on Transform blog about lessons learned about the legalization of cannabis in North America.
The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction in Europe
UN World Drug Report shows flourishing global drug market but remains silent on policy failures and human rights abuses
Realeased the 2020 edition of the annual independent report on effects of "war on drugs" policies in Italy.
Cohen, Peter (2004), The social and health consequences of cocaine use. An introduction. Presentation held at the Nationale Designerdrogen- und Kokainkonferenz, 3-4 June, 2004, Kursaal Bern, Bundesamt für Gesundheit, Bern, Switzerland.
At the end of 2019 the government of Iván Duque presented a draft decree to resume the spraying with glyphosate of drug crops used for illicit purposes. It argued that spraying is the only instrument to curb the increase in coca crops.
Italian Supreme Court underscores a path toward non-repressive social policies for drug users. Written by Riccardo De Vito, President of Magistratura Democratica (translation by Bernardo Parrella).
The decision of the italian Supreme Court is important, but are politicians that must change the laws. Article by Leonardo Fiorentini, Director of Fuoriluogo.it (translated by Hassan Bassi).
Main Trends and Statistics about drug policies and Justice in Italy. Translated by Bernardo Parrella.