Turkey statement on demand reduction

Turkey supports non-confrontational education campaigns, but these campaigns must create a negative impression of drugs in society.

Demand reduction is often neglected by the attention given to supply reduction and trafficking. Where there is demand there will always be supply. Turkey’s demand reduction approach emphasises primary prevention as well as treatment for drug users.

Turkey’s policy considers drug addiction an illness that should be treated.

Turkey has concerns where harm reduction becomes a political issue rather than a technical one.

UNODC should concentrate more on global demand reduction.

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