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Author
International Harm Reduction Development Program, Open Society Institute
Title
At What Cost? HIV and Human Rights Consequences of the Global "War on Drugs"
Imprint
Open Society Institute, New York, March 2009, 196 pp
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Reproduced with the kind permission of the Open Society Institute from www.soros.org. Copyright © 2009 Open Society Institute. All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

"While drug control policies have indeed been strengthened in many countries of the world, there is little evidence that they have succeeded in significantly reducing supply of illicit drugs or the numbers of people who use them. Abundantly evident, however—and now acknowledged by the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as virtually every credible independent authority on the subject—is that drug control has had multiple, unintended negative consequences. Whether you are talking about Pakistan or Phnom Penh, Manipur or Moscow, the “war on drugs” has frequently devolved into a war on drug users, resulting in increased incarceration, human rights violations, and disease."

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