Ending the Never-Ending War on Drugs

by Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Photo: Guatemalan Elite Anti-drugs Forces, Press Office of the President of Guatemala

SAO PAULO – The war on drugs is a lost war, and 2011 is the time to move away from a punitive approach in order to pursue a new set of policies based on public health, human rights, and common sense. These were the core findings of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy that I convened, together with former presidents Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and César Gaviria of Colombia.

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