Global War on Drugs Takes Devastating Toll on Human Lives, Advocates Say
High Level Meeting Convenes in
Country delegates gathering in
“Any drug control approach that does not ensure protections for health and human rights is destined to fail,” said
Through firsthand interviews, policy analyses, and case studies, At What Cost?: HIV and Human Rights Consequences of the Global War on Drugs highlights the ineffectiveness of drug control to achieve its goals, and its far-reaching, unintended consequences. In the report, women from
Their stories are among many accounts in the OSI report that vividly document the ways in which drug control practices violate human rights and undermine HIV prevention efforts. In
Without health programs, even successful efforts to reduce cultivation of opium poppy can accelerate HIV infection. In
Many countries worldwide require people who access drug treatment centers or who are arrested for drug use to be registered in government databases. This deters people from seeking addiction treatment, and results in routine breaches of confidentiality and further police abuse. In
The UN meeting, coordinated by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, will be held in
“It is well past time for nations to recognize that any effort that treats drug users as something to be controlled and contained rather than as human beings worthy of protection is dangerous for global health and global morality,” said Wolfe.
For more information and to download a copy of the report, go to www.soros.org/health/drugwar.
SOURCE Open Society Institute