World Drug Policy as we know it has changed, following the laws of quantum mechanics and systems biology, which state that even a small, definitive variations can cause large changes within the macro-system.
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.
My name is Murtaza Majeed, I come from Afghanistan. Gretchen Burns Bergman is from the U.S. We both have family members who suffered -- or died -- because of their heroin use and both of us will be protesting, with 50 other families from around the world, outside the United Nations HQ in New York this afternoon.
That being the case, with no where to live and no prospect of getting work, too many released "felons" ended up back in prison
The world is failing to protect the health and human rights of people who use drugs. As a result, people who use drugs, especially people who inject drugs, have been isolated and denied the means to protect themselves from HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.
While opioid analgesics such as morphine are a cost-effective medication for treatment of moderate to severe pain related to cancer, HIV/AIDS, surgery, and other conditions, they are not adequately available in most developing countries.
In the War on Drugs no one really wins. Even drug traffickers with all their riches kill each other off. For these reasons and more, the possibility of global drug reform represented by April's special United Nation's session on the topic symbolizes hope for many people.
A top drug official says he's open to a "harm reduction" approach to illicit drug use, but wants to find a new term for it.
Reformers are urging him to step up at next month's UN special session.
Have you ever wondered why ending the War on Drugs isn't as simple as passing a few laws in Congress? Well, it has to do with some pretty bad pieces of international law that tie the hands of national governments to policies that even they know kind of stink.
Violence will continue to plague Mexico and Central America until the United States and is neighbors abandon the discredited drug war strategy that was started by Richard Nixon 45 years ago -- and that continues to drive international policy today.
Chapo Guzman's escape further undermines the already wounded credibility of Enrique Peña Nieto and his security apparatus. But more than that, it underlines the futility of the war on drugs and its reliance on taking out "kingpins" while never questioning the flawed prohibition policies that drive the whole bloody mess.