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Global Drug Policy Index inaugurated


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Global Drug Policy Index

Mains level: Not Much

The first-ever Global Drug Policy Index was recently inaugurated.

Global Drug Policy Index

  • It is released by the Harm Reduction Consortium, ranks Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, the UK and Australia as the five leading countries on humane and health-driven drug policies.
  • It is a data-driven global analysis of drug policies and their implementation.
  • It is composed of 75 indicators running across five broad dimensions of drug policy:
  1. Criminal justice
  2. Extreme responses
  3. Health and harm reduction
  4. Access to internationally controlled medicines and
  5. Development

Highlights of the 2021 ranking

  • The five lowest-ranking countries are Brazil, Uganda, Indonesia, Kenya, and Mexico.
  • Norway, despite topping the Index, only managed a score of 74/100.
  • And the median score across all 30 countries and dimensions is just 48/100.

India’s performance

  • India’s rank is 18 out of 30 countries
  • It has an overall score of 46/100.


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