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About the Course

This MOOC is the first of its kind, since it addresses critical issues related to drugs from a multidisciplinary, health and human rights-based approach. Throughout the course you will cover a range of questions including what are drugs and why they controlled? What are the benefits and harms of taking drugs? How public health policies can address drug use? You will also learn about the intricacies of the international drug control framework and the negative consequences of widespread prohibitionist drug policies around the world. Finally, you will examine ways of furthering drug policy reform. The topics will be presented by over 40 speakers from scientific, academic and institutional backgrounds, spokespersons of civil society as well as people who use drugs presenting their views. By the end of the course you will have: - a strong understanding of the major health issues related to drug use and drug policy; - a clear vision of why drug policy is debated today; - and, if you so wish, you will be equipped to engage in the drug policy reform movement at your local or regional level....

Top reviews


May 15, 2020

Fantastic course that outlines the challenges we face in regards to drug policy and confronting stereotypes about people who use drugs. I learned a lot that made me rethink my own perceptions.


Dec 3, 2018

Thanks so much for a very good course,more informative by hard for it

because got a little bit trouble with my language competency.But it's good to take a class.

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By Mark A D

Feb 8, 2019

Very eye-opening course. At firts I did not care for it much, but i became very interesting after a few sections. Truly, this was a transformative course, deeply moving. The evidence presented for a case for drug policy reform is very compelling. I cannot understand why these facts have been ignored for so long. The class puts global drug use into perspective and you will be surprised and angry about how much you have been deceived by elected officials and law enforcement regarding drugs and their impact on society.

By Alejandro G

Apr 14, 2020

This course let me learn that War on Drugs, has failed, and has causes thousand of deaths, harm and suffering around the world. It's an urgency that Governments, civil society, and drug users join forces on the Drug Policy Reform Movement to achieve a drug policy based on the harm reduction approch

By Mina

May 16, 2020

Fantastic course that outlines the challenges we face in regards to drug policy and confronting stereotypes about people who use drugs. I learned a lot that made me rethink my own perceptions.


May 25, 2020

A very interesting course that was academically challenging. The issues raised should provoke genuine reflection on the part of those who engage with its' content .

By Darren G

Feb 18, 2023

For anyone who advocates for drug policy/social policy issues, this course is empowering.

By LeapingFrog E

Nov 9, 2020

The course was good but I felt due to the title there old be more about the physiological effects of certain drugs. There wasn’t much mentioned on how drugs were used. The details were mostly the criminalization of drugs and how this affects people and society. Also how people can do their part to politically help in different countries.

By Bhupinder B

Jul 29, 2021

please dont enroll yourself for this course, You will not get a certificate for completion, because completion of these course depend upon the other learner or participant who will review your submitted assignment, If no one will review your course remain incomplete even for months or years.

I have submitted my project on time and reviewed 9 other too but didnt get my certificate,

Also the provided instruction to submit project work in pdf is not correct because university have not provided ant link to upload the work

So poor, plz dont waste your time

By David B

Jul 11, 2020

This course has opened up my eyes. As a practicing pharmacist, our views of drugs, well particularly controlled drugs and other substances abuse is one sided. This course allows me to look at the situation holistically and appreciate the work carried out by the various health reform groups in society and internationally as a whole. Thank you guys.

By Leida R

May 19, 2019

A syllabus politically correct, yet politically challenging, offering a complete and clear vision of the today debates on drug policy worldwide, offering a strong understanding of the major health issues related to drug use and drug policy, offered for free online one of Europe's leading university as Université de Genève (UNIGE), founded in 1559.

By Sanskruti D

Jan 17, 2021

Exceptionally marvelous course! The credit goes to all the instructors and guest speakers. The picturization and representation of the content in the MOOCs was outstanding. Indeed it was worth learning about Drugs, Drug Use, Drug policy, Health and Human rights.


By banasree b

Dec 6, 2020

Excellent team of tutors. I learnt a lot of things among which many were unknown to me. I owe my gratitude to the entire team. I recommend others to opt for COURSERA and enter into the world of knowledge.


Dec 4, 2018

Thanks so much for a very good course,more informative by hard for it

because got a little bit trouble with my language competency.But it's good to take a class.

By Kenneth S

Jun 7, 2021

The course was excellent and very informative. Thanks to Coursera and University of Geneva for this amazing experience.

By shannon n

Feb 19, 2023

Wonderful review of current global efforts, best practices and community!

By Wen W

Mar 21, 2020

Very nice, i like it!!

By Darbinyan G

Jun 5, 2020

I want to say that this is just a great course!

Firstly, it shows not only one side of the issue, but approaches the problem from different sides, this makes the course interesting.

Secondly, a large number of speakers, each with its own “history”, with its own specifics, each is interesting in its own way.

Thirdly, this course raises important issues that undoubtedly concern every person.

Personally, this course helped me structure my knowledge, back it up with scientifically based theses, because I held a similar position. But if someone believes that repressive drug policy is right, then just take this course.

Throughout the course, I felt that they were talking to me, that I was taking part in the process.

Many thanks to all the speakers and most importantly to the team of organizers and creators, you did a great job.

By Julian F

May 28, 2020

The course is really comprehensive, it brings diversity and complexity to the topic of drugs. The tests are well-fitted and challenging and there are literature disponible about some topics. In this sense, the course deserves 5 starts because brings new information, deconstructing the main vision of drug policies around the world. In contrast, I think that all videos should have study material and academic literature disponible in which the videos were based on in my humble opinion, but I don't think it is viable in a course that it is open and free access for all audiences.

By Ana S

Sep 10, 2020

Quedo muy satisfecha con el programa, es un curso realmente completo, objetivo, con una basta complementación bibliográfica y que revisa las políticas y los gobiernos en todo el mundo.Es un curso comprometido con los derechos humanos, la ética médica y las políticas que buscan cumplir con el manejo digno del problema de las drogas. Muchas gracias por la oportunidad y cuenten conmigo para intervenciones y formación de formadores a nivel internacional.

Cordialmente, ALSH.

By Burdelnaya Y

Jun 6, 2022

Thank you very much. It was not easy to take YOUR course. Very interesting course, which changed the ideas about people who use drugs, about drug policy and control. Very important knowledge for me about the mechanism of action of drugs, harm reduction and the possibility of decriminalization. Thank you to the entire team working on this course and to Coursera for the excellent and really working platform.

By John O

Feb 27, 2019

This curse has been very well organized, the moderators are well conversant with their work. The time to jungle from one module to the other is very flexible, well planned for people who are very much busy. I fully recommend the training to my friends and colleagues. I have learnt a lot especially the drug policy and health. Am well equipped now and ready to push our a gender of right to health for all.

By Helgi D

Oct 10, 2020

I found the course to be excellent overall. The video lessons are varied and interesting, even though they sometimes cover the same themes. This is due to the high number of guest lectures, which are given by some of the most respected figures in the drug policy movement. Their different perspectives and in-depth knowledge of the drug phenomenon are the biggest strength of this course.

By Evan B M

May 26, 2022

"This was a great and highly informative course! I truly learned about this important issue facing all of us today! This made a real difference in my view of the drug trade, policies and users. I hope I can help shift the focus to 'health based' policy and 'harm reduction' with regards to drug abuse in NYC, the USA and planet." - Evan

By Daniele L

Feb 13, 2019

A deeply documented course with multiple voices from across the world giving you insights on the entire complexity in just a few weeks. It is an absolute go-to course for anybody who ever wants to be informed about harm reduction and advocate improvements in drug policies.


May 13, 2020

Very well organized with amazing content. Professors offer an amazing quality to the MOOC as do their interest by the topic. It challenges your knowledge about drug regulation policies and laws teaching you how to face this topic with new and evidence based tools.

By Natalia A C

Dec 24, 2018

Realizar este curso fue muy satisfactorio, no solo desde la óptica profesional, ya que me otorgó competencias que no tenía antes de realizar el curso, sino que también a nivel personal, abriéndome la mente a formas de vida que antes desconocía.