The Human Cost of the War on Drugs

Ethan Nadelmann
The Americas

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 blackmarket 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.

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