The Conversation, April 19, 2016 10.25am AEST
The United Nations will hold a special session in New York this week to review global drug policy. The summit has the potential to revolutionise the drug control system enshrined in international law since 1961.
If UN member states are serious about drug reform, they must act on the disproportionate harm of prohibitionist drug policies on women worldwide.
Globally, women make up one-third of all drug users, including around 3.8 million women who inject drugs. Women who use drugs are at higher risk than men of acquiring disease, including HIV.
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