global war on drugs

It is too early in this extremely deadly version of the "war on drugs" to know what effect it will have on HIV prevalence, but the indicators are grim: Duterte has bankrolled the crackdown by giving huge funding boosts to the police and military while slashing the country's health budget by 25 percent.
LISBON, Portugal -- This week's U.N. summit on the global drug problem is already a turning point in our collective journey toward improving global drug policy. Whatever the final formal conclusions, reforms are on and history is in the making.
West Africa’s public infrastructure is now collapsing under the burden of the Ebola outbreak. But the health and political
Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield's Oct. 9 remarks were the third time this year he has made such a call. And
The international drug control regime is broken. Past approaches premised on a punitive law enforcement paradigm have failed, emphatically so. They have resulted in more violence, larger prison populations, and the erosion of governance around the world. The health harms associated with drug use have gotten worse, not better. The Global Commission on Drug Policy instead advocates for an approach to drug policy that puts public health, community safety, human rights, and development at the center. I have listed the five pathways to ending the drug war recommended by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that I chair. (Other members of the commission, ranging from Kofi Annan to Paul Volcker to former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo are listed after the recommendations.)
In addition to contributions from Quah and a dozen other foreign and drug policy experts, the report has been endorsed by
Sir Richard Branson has never been afraid to tackle big, thorny business problems or large, complex social issues. One of his latest challenges: Ending the war on drugs, combines both of them.
After nearly four decades of trying to eradicate drugs, the United States is still losing the war on drugs. HuffPost National Reporter Matt Sledge joins us to discuss how the global war on drugs has failed.
2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe war on drugs has had a devastating impact in the U.S. Yet, as Republicans and Democrats gather at their national conventions, neither party has taken a strong stand on the critical need to support drug policy reform. And that's surprising. Drug reform is not a partisan issue. For Republicans, reform efforts both ensure and secure states' rights and at the same time minimize waste of limited federal dollars. For Democrats, minorities who make up a large portion of their constituency disproportionately bear the greatest burden of current drug policies. And a Gallup Poll this past year found that fully 50 percent of Americans now support legalizing marijuana.
It often seems the Portuguese experiment is something of a Rorschach test -- in the dark blobs on the page, people can see whatever they want to see.