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Global War on Drugs Takes Devastating Toll on Human Lives, Advocates Say
Date:3/5/2009

registering a child for school or checking into a hotel.

The UN meeting, coordinated by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, will be held in Vienna from March 11 to 15. The last high level meeting on drug control was convened in 1998 under the motto "A Drug-Free World -- We Can Do It!" The political declaration from that meeting failed to highlight the critical role that efforts such as needle exchange programs and alternatives to incarceration play in stemming the HIV epidemic and reducing human rights abuses.

"It is well past time for nations to recognize that any effort that treats drug users as something to be controlled and contained rather than as human beings worthy of protection is dangerous for global health and global morality," said Wolfe.

For more information and to download a copy of the report, go to www.soros.org/health/drugwar.


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