Survey on Unintended Consequences

Document and submit online examples of unintended consequences of current drug policies!

Current drug policies continue to have negative health and social impact in CEECA, and also to result in human rights violations, corruption and emergence of new drugs.  This negative impact is regarded as a side effect or unintended consequences of zero tolerance policy and criminalization of drug use and drug possession.

High-level decision-makers may not always understand links between police raids and increased overdose mortality. They may not know how criminalization of drug use may lead to police violence against women. The relation between the lack of state support for substitution treatment programs and high HIV mortality rates may be also unclear to those who are in charge of drug policy on the country level.

EHRN encourages you to make these links known to your countries' decision-makers by a strong regional action. Document and submit online examples of unintended consequences of current drug policies!

Based on your submissions, EHRN will produce educational and advocacy materials which you can use in the process of preparation for UNGASS on Drugs and your further drug policy advocacy work.

EHRN Classification of Unintended Consequences of Repressive Drug Policies in CEECA

Health Impact

  • High rates of HIV, hep C and TB morbidity and mortality
  • High rates of overdose mortality
    Transparency Impact
  • Corruption
  • Low access to fair trial

Social impact

  • Stigma
  • Massive incarceration
  • Low level of education and employment among PWUD

Policy Impact

  • Low level of domestic funding for harm reduction, HIV and hepatitis C treatment
  • Legal framework limiting harm reduction programs (including ban or overregulation of methadone)

Human rights & equity impact

  • Non-protection from police violence
  • Discrimination in healthcare system
  • Low women’s access to harm reduction services
  • Low young people’s access to harm reduction services
  • Low access to health services in prison settings
Substance Displacement
  • Introduction of desomorphine, ‘bath salts’ and ‘spices’ into drug markets


Please specify where and when you experienced unintended consequences.
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Please describe why this happened in relation to drug policy.
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