The Human Cost of the War on Drugs Ethan Nadelmann

2012 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 9, 2012

American drug policy reformer Ethan Nadelmann argues that current global drug policies have resulted in a massive violation of human rights. He maintains that the focus of current prohibitionist policies on security, rather than health, represents a bigger danger than other issues such as addiction and drug-related violence. Nadelmann points out that the black market in drugs is the leading revenue source for terrorists and criminals. He calls for a sensibly regulated drug economy to combat these problems, rather than the prohibitionist policies that have led to so much violence and destruction.