Drugs and Human Rights

Prisons, Detention and Drug Policy

Punitive drug policy has led to over incarceration and prison overcrowding globally. It has driven involuntary treatment and detention of people who use drugs.

Our work on prisons, detention and drug policy sheds light on the harms of incarceration in order to advocate for the rights of people in prisons and those who are detained in other settings.


people incarcerated for drug offences globally


people in drug detention centres in Asia



criminalise drug use and possession

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