In times of economic crisis, governments face choices on how best to balance spending and where best to direct limited resources and generate prosperity. Managing the costs of interventions to ensure the highest quality and best outcomes for the lowest possible costs becomes a priority.
The report shows that the dominant law enforcement approach results in misbalanced government spending. Countries of the region spend more than double amount of money on enforcement of laws on drug use and possession rather than harm reduction, while either drug use nor HIV epidemic are being contained pointing towards inadequate political priorities and inefficient spending of tax money.
The publication was prepared with financial support from the Global Drug Policy Program of Open Society Foundations.