Every year, today we commemorate a friend, partner or family member who had passed away as a result of overdose to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
In an open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, published in the leading health journal The Lancet, a group of prominent Indonesian academics and experts have called on the government to commit to proven public health approaches to address drug use, and to urgently discontinue strategies which have been found counterproductive such as involuntary rehabilitation and the death penalty.
The aim of this consultation is to build on the results of the previous Regional Consultations and provide input, advice, data, and examples of country practices in the formulation of evidence-based recommendations to support the transition from CCDU to a more comprehensive system underpinned by voluntary community-based treatment options and a range of complimentary health and social services that are aligned with international guidelines and principles regarding drug dependence treatment, drug use and human rights.
ANPUD calls on all states in the Asia region to end their use of compulsory drug detention centres and to support the implementation of a variety of quality drug treatment options for PUD. There is an urgent need for the scaling up of human rights-based, evidence-informed and voluntary drug treatment including opioid substitution treatment, detoxification and rehabilitation services.