Wednesday, June 27, 2012

One More Reason to End the War on Drugs: It's Spreading HIV/AIDS | Julian Brookes | Politics News | Rolling Stone - The commissioners -- they include six former presidents and other assorted big shots, such as Richard Branson, Paul Volcker, and George Schultz -- slam countries like the United States and Russia for ignoring or downplaying proven, cost-effective and "evidence-based addiction treatment and public health measures" like sterile syringe access, safer injection facilities, and prescription heroin programs, and call on governments to change course "immediately." "Failure to take these steps is criminal," the report says. - This shouldn't be a tough sell (though it is, at least in the U.S.): It's not as if the war on drugs is succeeding even on its own terms, as the commission's bombshell first report made clear last year: For all the people killed (50,000 in the past six years in Mexico alone) or thrown in jail, the worldwide supply of drugs hasn't decreased; it has exploded, by up to 300 percent.


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