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Global Drug Policy Index 2021: India Ranks 18 out of 30 Countries; Norway Tops

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India ranks 18 out of 30 countries in Global Drug Policy IndexIndia ranked 18 out of 30 countries in the 1st edition of the Global Drug Policy Index which was released by the Harm Reduction Consortium in November 2021.

  • The index ranks Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia as the top 5 countries on humane and health-driven drug policies.
  • The Global Drug Policy Index, a new tool that offers the first-ever data-driven global analysis of 30 countries’ drug policies and their implementation in a systematic, comprehensive and transparent manner.

 Global Drug Policy Index 2021:






Overall Index Score/100

Top 5
1 Norway 74
2 New Zealand 71
3 Portugal 70
4 UK 69
5 Australia 65
Bottom 5
26 Mexico 35
27 Kenya 34
28 Indonesia 29
29 Uganda 28
30 Brazil 26

India’s Global Drug Policy Index:

Rank Country Overall Index Absence Of
& Criminal
Harm Reduction Access To
18 India  46/100 63 /100 38 /100 49/100 33/100

About Global Drug Policy Index:

i.It compares national-level drug policies, providing each country with a score and ranking that shows how much their drug policies and their implementation align with the Unite Nation principles of human rights, health and development.

ii.The Index is composed of 75 indicators running across 5 broad dimensions of drug policy such as Absence of Extreme Responses, Proportionality & Criminal Justice, Harm Reduction, Access to Medicine, and Development.

iii.The Global Drug Policy Index 2021 evaluated drug policies for the year 2020. The mean score of the 2021 index is about 48/100.

iv.The partners of the Harm Reduction Consortium under the index project include the European Network of People Who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD), the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs (ENPUD), etc. Click here to know more

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