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News in Brief 9 March 2023

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Central Narcotics Bureau, Singapore: University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany; UNODC. Please note that the products (pills and bathsalt) shown in the photos are simulated.

Time to "re-think" global goals on illegal drugs

Countries need to agree what have been described as more “granular” goals on combating illegal drugs.

The call comes in a report from the United Nations University called “What Comes After the War on Drugs – Flexibility, Fragmentation or Principled Pluralism?”

It’s designed to serve as a starting point for discussion at next year’s General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) in April.