Leading global public health experts have urged for reform in the global blueprint on drug policy, saying prevailing policies that put drug users through the criminal justice system have had “serious detrimental effects” on health and human rights and led to lethal violence.

Non-violent, minor drug offences such as possession and petty sale should instead be decriminalised, while health and social services should be strengthened, a major new report led by The Lancet and Johns Hopkins University in the United States recommended.