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Using Drugs as Weapons can Never Be 'non Lethal', Say Doctors

mament, international humanitarian law and human rights law.

Ensure that governments and policy-makers in military and law enforcement agencies who may be considering the use of drugs as weapons understand the fundamental scientific, legal and ethical considerations surrounding such use.

Work to promote the norms prohibiting the use of poisons, and therefore the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention [BTWC] and the Chemical Weapons Convention [CWC]. They should further promote understanding that the use of drugs as weapons would violate such norms.

Advocate that, in the event of those states which are party to the CWC deciding that drugs can be used for law enforcement; these states declare the types and quantities of such agents.

Ensure that the consequences of the use of drugs as weapons for military purposes are considered as part of the review of such weapons required by international humanitarian law.

Advocate against the use of drugs as weapons and not be involved in the training of military or law enforcement personnel in the administration of drugs as weapons.

Recognise the complex ethical dilemmas raised by research on, development of, planning for and use of drugs as weapons and promote professional debate on these matters.

Develop guidelines for any healthcare professional involved in research and the development of agents, materials or knowledge that might be put to a dual use.

Ensure that the pharmaceutical industry is alert to the possibility that their research and products might be put to malign use, and work with them to prevent this.

Encourage their members to abide by professional codes that prohibit involvement in development of dual use technologies or materials.


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