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International Drug Policy Project

International Drug Policy Project

The International Drug Policy Project (IDPP) is a cross-regional and multidisciplinary project, designed to establish a global centre for excellence in the study of international drug policy.

By utilising LSE's academic expertise and networks, IDPP fosters new research, analysis and debate of global drug policies as well as training of LSE’s world-class students. Further, through developing innovative social science research methods and evidence analysis, it helps design and implement new policies at local, national, regional and international levels.

History of the International Drug Policy Project

In 2012, IDEAS released the Governing the Global Drug Wars Report. It represented a far reaching examination of the historical evolution of the international drug control system and discussed potential options for reform. It concluded that "no serious scholar questioned" that international drug control efforts had largely failed. Further it concluded that the current strategy was making the situation worse in many important respects, ranging from human rights to socio-economic development.

Following this report, the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy was created to produce a thorough and independent economic analysis of the current international drug control strategy. It aims to provide the hard economic evidence required by policy makers to make sound tactical and strategic decisions as they pursue a more effective approach to managing global drug issues.

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Find out more about the International Drug Policy Project's Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy.

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