Human Rights and People Who Use Drugs in the Mediterranean Region

Published by
Pompidou Group

This publication gives a first overview of the human rights situation of people who use drugs in 17 MedNET countries. MedNET is the Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions of the Pompidou Group.

Among the topics covered are the consideration of drug use as a disease when developing drug policy, the right of access to care and treatment as a fundamental right for people who use drugs, the implementation of evidence-based prevention practices and health strategies, the fight against stigma and the needed adaptation of the legal framework to integrate a human rights approach.

This publication is the outcome of a first discussion within the MedNET Committee with the objectives of gaining a better understanding of the meaning of human
rights in drug policy and exchanging best practices and ideas on this subject.