The Vienna Declaration
Research shows that an over reliance on drug law enforcement and policies of criminalization have fueled the HIV epidemic and resulted in overwhelmingly negative health and social consequences. A full policy reorientation is needed.
Law enforcement continues to be the dominant policy approach adopted by policymakers, at the expense of more effective public health interventions. The Vienna Declaration calls for the incorporation of scientific evidence into drug policies. It was initiated by several of the world’s leading HIV and drug policy scientific bodies and drafted by a writing committee of international experts. The Vienna Declaration has been endorsed by over 20,000 academics, scientists, legal professionals, organizations, and members of the public.
The Vienna Declaration has been endorsed by over 20,000 academics, scientists, legal professionals, organizations, and members of the public.
Open Society Foundations
International AIDS Society | British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
Dr. Dan Werb
The Vienna Declaration calls for an international commitment to evidence-based drug policy. Research has demonstrated that existing drug-law enforcement practices are not reducing health and social consequences of drug use, in fact drug related crime, violence continues to grow.View