2017 has seen a worsening opioid deaths crisis in North America, egregious brutality against people who use drugs in the Philippines, and the maintaining – or intensification – of prohibitionist drug policies in a number of countries. However, there have also been a range of progressive steps regarding harm reduction, cannabis reform, and more – all around the world.
Take a look at the map below to see some of the developments that have taken place over the past year. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
Green icons denote developments in which the harms of drug use, or the harms of drug policy, have been reduced (or seem set to reduce)
Red icons denote developments in which the harms of drug use, or the harms of drug policy, have been increased (or seem set to increase)