International Policy

Drug Policy Question of the Week – 6-15-11

As answered by Mary Jane Borden, Editor of Drug War Facts for the Drug Truth Network on 6-15-11.

Question of the Week: What about international drug policies?

Several recent reports highlight the impact of the international War on Drugs and call for a reevaluation of it.

The first comes from a series called “Count the Costs: 50 Years of the War on Drugs,” by the Transform Drug Policy Foundation. The report, “The War on Drugs: Are we paying too high a price?” lists seven definable and tragic costs of the drug war and supports each referencable international statistics. Did you know that that…

“Up to 1000 people are executed for drug offences each year, in direct violation of international law”?

A similar report in the Count the Costs series, “War on Drugs: Undermining international development and security, increasing conflict,” lists seven definable ways that the drug war affects international economic development and security, again documenting each with referencable statistics. Did you know that …

the demand for cocaine in Europe has “turned Guinea Bissau from a fragile state into a narco-state in just five years.”?

The recent “Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy” indicted international drug war failure and listed eleven actionable principles. The report was co-authored by notable commissioners that included former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan as well as three former Latin American presidents, among others. The report summary succinctly concluded,

“Break the taboo on debate and reform. The time for action is now.”

Some facts in the above reports and others like them can be found in the International Policy Chapter of Drug War Facts at Listeners should note that there are seventeen Chapters and 341 Facts under this link on the Drug War Facts home page. Countries include U.S. neighbors Canada and Mexico, a number of countries in the European Union, and Australia.