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The war against drugs has failed

End the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others. Challenge rather than reinforce common misconceptions about drug markets, drug use and drug dependence.


The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.

Vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs have clearly failed to effectively curtail supply or consumption. Apparent victories in eliminating one source or trafficking organization are negated almost instantly by the emergence of other sources and traffickers. Repressive efforts directed at consumers impede public health measures to reduce HIV/AIDS, overdose fatalities and other harmful consequences of drug use. Government expenditures on futile supply reduction strategies and incarceration displace more cost-effective and evidence-based investments in demand and harm reduction. The war against drugs has failed

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  • Terminar con la criminalización, la marginalización y la estigmatización de las personas que usan drogas pero que no hacen ningún daño a otros. Desa!ar los conceptos erróneos comunes acerca de los mercados de drogas, el uso de drogas y la dependencia de drogas en lugar de reforzarlos.
  • Die Weltkommission für die Drogenpolitik (Global Commission on Drug Policy) ist der Ansicht, dass der vorherrschende Ansatz in den Vereinigten Staaten, der die internationale Drogenpolitik beeinflusst, gescheitert ist.
  • Un rapport de la Commission Mondiale sur la Politique contre la Drogue, dont l'ancienne présidente de la Conféderation Ruth Dreifuss est membre, suscite un vif débat aux Etats-Unis. Il critique l'approche répressive américaine et prône la décriminalisation de l'usage de drogues.
  • Un rapporto della Commissione mondiale sulla politica contro la droga, di cui l'ex presidente della Confederazione Ruth Dreifuss è membro, suscita un vivace dibattito negli Stati Uniti perché critica l'approccio americano e sostiene la depenalizzazione del consumo di droga.
Update Tuesday 20 March 2012 14:13, published Tuesday 7 June 2011 12:27