United Nations’ Global War On Illegal Drugs Deemed A Crass Failure By International Drug Policy Consortium

A new report by the International Drug Policy Consortium says the United Nations’ effort to eliminate the world’s illegal drug trade by 2019 is a crass whitewash, a failure.

According to the , released Sunday, the approach has made little impact on reducing the global supply of illegal drugs and has had a negative effect on health, human rights and safety. Also, drug-related deaths have increased by 145% over the last decade, with more than 71,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2017 alone. At least 3,940 people were executed for drug offenses around the world over the last 10 years, while drug crackdowns in the Philippines resulted in around 27,000 extrajudicial killings.

Reade the entire report HERE.

The IDPC, a network of 177 national and international NGOs concerned with drug policy and drug abuse, is urging the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs to consider a different approach to narcotics strategy for the next 10 years in the run-up to a March 2019 summit in Vienna, Austria.

“This report is another nail in the coffin for the war on drugs,” said Ann Fordham, the Executive Director of IDPC, in a prepared statement. “The fact that governments and the UN do not see fit to properly evaluate the disastrous impact of the last ten years of drug policy is depressingly unsurprising.”
The UN was not immediately available for comment on the report, which was made public Sunday.
“Governments will meet next March at the UN and will likely rubber-stamp more of the same for the next decade in drug policy. This would be a gross dereliction of duty and a recipe for more blood spilled in the name of drug control.”
Credit: CNN

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