Drug policy researcher Julian Buchanan told the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs conference this week that an international comparison of drug policies indicated that tougher approaches had no deterrent effect.
"It just makes drug use much more dangerous," Associate Professor Buchanan said.
When drugs were pushed underground, users had no idea of the strength, purity and content of the drug, which could be mixed with toxic ingredients, he said.
"The first and foremost change to reduce harm and restore human rights would be to prioritise the decriminalisation of personal possession of all substances."
Via Julian Buchanan