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  1. War on drugs: There has to be a better way

    24 April 2012
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    The most important story of the Summit of the Americas was the Latin American demand to open the debate on an alternative to the ‘war on drugs’. The emergence of an increasingly independent and assertive Latin America insisting on a change of direction on drugs reflects an important shift in the terms of the relationship with the United States. Clamor for “democratization” of the debate and a search for new alternatives stems from the perception that Latin American societies pay a disproportionate price in lost lives, hijacked justice systems, abuses in overcrowded prisons, and displaced small farmers, because of the U.S.-led strategy that has prioritized stemming the supply of drugs over reducing its own demand.

  2. What comes after the war on drugs

    Dan Gardner
    19 April 2012
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    At the Summit of the Americas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed doubt about the war on drugs. “I think what everybody believes and agrees with, and to be frank myself, is that the current approach is not working, but it is not clear what we should do.” It’s admirable for a politician to admit uncertainty. And rare. Especially for a politician who has never expressed anything less than unshakable conviction in the Reaganite nostrums of drug prohibition. But Harper had good reason to be a little shaken.

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    Pérez Molina pide debatir "estrategias innovadoras" contra el narcotráfico

    17 April 2012
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    El presidente guatemalteco, Otto Pérez Molina, reiteró su llamado al mundo a debatir con "franqueza" la política antidrogas y hallar "estrategias innovadoras" para hacer frente a la "amenaza del narcotráfico". Pérez Molina pidió a los líderes políticos dialogar "ampliamente" para encontrar en conjunto una solución al problema. Explicó que avanzar hacia una despenalización de las drogas "no es una decisión unilateral" de Guatemala, sino una invitación a reflexionar y a dialogar con franqueza sobre la actual estrategia, tal como ocurrió en la VI Cumbre de las Américas.

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    Lobo: no hay consenso para despenalización de las drogas

    16 April 2012
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    El presidente Porfirio Lobo afirmó el lunes que no existe un consenso regional para la despenalización de las drogas, pero sí coincidencias en cuanto a la responsabilidad común en la lucha contra el narcotráfico y el crimen organizado. Para Eugenio Sosa, sociólogo de la Universidad Nacional de Honduras, el motivo de dicha postura radica en que Honduras, considerado un país con un sistema policial y judicial frágil, "necesita recibir más ayuda económica de los Estados Unidos".

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    Los dilemas con el narcotráfico

    Samuel González | Profesor de la UNAM, experto en seguridad pública
    26 October 2010
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    Sé, desde esas variadas perspectivas, que el paradigma de guerra al narcotráfico y a las drogas ha sido el error más grave que se ha cometido por la presente administración. Porque drogas y narcotráfico han existido siempre y existirán. Porque la droga se encuentra desde EU y Canadá hasta Europa o Asia, es decir, en casi todos los países del mundo, pero esas sociedades no están estallando ni tienen los problemas de violencia de México, a pesar de que sus mercados valen más que el mexicano.

  6. Towards a harm reduction approach to enforcement

    • Jonathan P Caulkins, Peter Reuter (RAND)
    01 January 2009

    Harm-reduction as a policy goal implies targeting directly drug-related harms rather than drug use itself. So far it has been largely a public health sector movement, focused on harms to users, most notably from heroin overdose, injection drug use and club drugs. Harm-reduction has offered fewer solutions to the problems of drug-related crime, violence, corruption or market externalities. However, harm-reduction has potentially much broader application when applied to the entire suite of harms generated by the production, distribution, consumption and control of drugs, not just drug use.

     

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    Towards a harm reduction approach to enforcement

    • Jonathan P Caulkins, Peter Reuter (RAND)
    01 January 2009

    hr-enforcementHarm-reduction as a policy goal implies targeting directly drug-related harms rather than drug use itself. So far it has been largely a public health sector movement, focused on harms to users, most notably from heroin overdose, injection drug use and club drugs. Harm-reduction has offered fewer solutions to the problems of drug-related crime, violence, corruption or market externalities. However, harm-reduction has potentially much broader application when applied to the entire suite of harms generated by the production, distribution, consumption and control of drugs, not just drug use.

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