Research and Statistics

Social justice and a healthier, safer world through better drug policies and laws

Australian Crime Commission's Illicit Drug Data report 2012/2013 - released March 2015

The full list of strategies adopted and rated by almost 80,000 drugs users from across the world on 8 of the most commonly use drugs have been published as a collection of guides known as the High-way Code

The 2014 Global Drug Survey results are available here

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has released a landmark report (10th Sept 2014): Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work.


"We are driven by a sense of urgency. There is a widespread acknowledgment that the current system is not working, but also recognition that change is both necessary and achievable. We are convinced that the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) is an historic opportunity to discuss the shortcomings of the drug control regime, identify workable alternatives and align the debate with ongoing debates on the post-2015 development agenda and human rights."

Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Former President of Brazil (1994-2002)

The Alternative World Drug Report - published by - outlines and enumerates the hidden costs of the war on drugs.

Australia 21 Round Table on Australian policy on illicit drugs reports (link): A panel of eminent Australians from the fields of medicine, the judiciary, law enforcement, drug policy and the community has convened twice this year to weigh up the now huge and persuasive body of international evidence about drug policy and the failure of the 'war on drugs'.  The group aims lead and initiate a national discussion in an evidence based direction with a view to encouraging Government to introduce evidence based policy that will work to address all the harms & consequences associated with illicit drug use.

For a wrap up of media coverage of these reports see our 'drug law reform in the media' page.

Report 1: (April 2012): The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen  report and discussion paper

This report examines the failures, strengths and shortcomings of current policy

Report 2: (September 2012): Alternatives to Prohibition: Illicit drugs: How we can stop killing and criminalising young Australians. report and discussion paper

The report focuses on what Australia can learn from the experiences of three countries (Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands) which have liberalised their drug regimes in some way, and one country (Sweden) which has followed a strict law enforcement policy..

  • The UK Home Affairs Select Committee recently released an 147 page report calling for a rethink of drug policy in Britain. A link to the report is here
  • A new report, launched to coincide with publication of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2012 World Drug Report, exposes the failure of governments and the UN to assess the extraordinary costs of pursuing a global war on drugs, and calls for UN member states to meaningfully count these costs and explore all the alternatives
  • NDARC: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (UNSW): Drug Policy Modelling Program - The DPMP website contains comprehensive information about illicit drug policies.
  • The DPMP bibliography of illicit drugs policy grey literature can be found here, a comprehensive and up to date resource.

  • A 19-member international panel has condemned the US-led "War on Drugs" campaign as a failure and has recommended major reforms of the global drug prohibition regime.

Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy