India’s Rank in Global Drug Policy Index

The inaugural Global Drug Policy Index was released by the Harm Reduction Consortium, on November 7, 2021.

Key Points

  • In this index, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, the UK and Australia are the five leading countries with respect to humane and health-driven drug policies.
  • Five lowest-ranked countries are Brazil, Uganda, Indonesia, Kenya, and Mexico.

India’s rank

  • India has been ranked at 18th position out of 30 countries.
  • India got an overall score of 46/100.
  • On “use of extreme sentencing and responses” criteria, India scored 63/100.
  • On health & harm reduction, it scored 49/100.
  • On proportionality of criminal justice response, it got 38/100.
  • On availability & access of internationally controlled substances for relief of pain & suffering, India scored 33 /100.

What is Global Drug Policy Index?

The Global Drug Policy Index is a data-driven analysis of drug policies and their implementation across the world. The index comprises of 75 indicators and it run across five broad dimensions of drug policy namely- criminal justice, health & harm reduction, access to internationally controlled medicines, extreme responses, and development.

Which organisation developed this project?

This project was developed by ‘Harm Reduction Consortium’. Other partners include- Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD), Global Drug Policy Observatory (GDPO), European Network of People Who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD), Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), Harm Reduction International (HRI), Middle East & North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA), International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), West African Drug Policy Network (WADPN), Women & Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN), and Youth RISE.

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