CND day 4 – Plenary statement of Ecuador on drug demand reduction

We are aware of our own realities and the multi-dimensional nature of the problem, and our priority will always been the focus on the human being. Addiction is a public health problem, and human rights are of the utmost importance instead of decriminalisation. This balanced approach has been supported by many within the international community.

We should be punishing the real roots of the problem, not those used as couriers or those requiring care from the professional medical side. We are addressing the new laws to make sure that the topic is specialised in intervention areas. A new proceedings rights code will address this topic as well: whole scale and small scale retail, as well as personal consumption will be addressed. Principles of justice and equity will be promoted. We have achieved constant and positive results so far.

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