The Vienna Declaration, 2010-2012

The Vienna Declaration is a statement calling for the incorporation of scientific evidence into illicit drug policies. Research shows that an over reliance on drug law enforcement has resulted in overwhelmingly negative health and social consequences, yet law enforcement continues to be the dominant policy approach adopted by policymakers, at the expense of more effective public health interventions.


The declaration was drafted by a writing committee of international experts and initiated by several of the world’s leading HIV and drug policy scientific bodies: the International AIDS Society, the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy(ICSDP), and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Included in the report is the text of the Vienna Declaration as well as background information and highlights of the over 20,000 endorsements from academics, scientists, legal professionals, organizations and members of the public. 

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Introducing the Vienna Declaration, December 2010

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