"JAMAICA, Uruguay, Colorado, Washington—more and more places are rebelling against the UN conventions that established the criminalisation of narcotics half a century ago. But the latest organisation to weigh in against the UN’s line is rather surprising. It is a branch of the UN itself."
Woman in Tennessee is charged under controversial law that criminalizes drug use during pregnancy.
Criminalising problematic drug and alcohol use does nothing to help families. Evidence shows that becoming a parent is a powerful agent of change for many drug users, and for those who aren't able to change their behaviour, treatment and support will be far more useful for both the parent and the child.
A dramatic decline in smoking rates has coincided with the introduction of plain packaging laws. The daily smoking rate plunged from 15.1 per cent to 12.8 per cent between 2010 and 2013, according to the largest and longest running national survey on drug statistics.