Global drug policies need radical reform, says LSE report


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23rd October 2012 | from LSE

The global war on drugs has failed and international policy requires radical reform to remove outmoded, unscientific thinking, according to a major new report from the London School of Economics and Political Science which has been endorsed by President Santos of Colombia.



Report endorsed by President Santos of Colombia and with contribution by former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss.

Report finds:

  1. International drug control system, governed through the UN, has failed.
  2. System is facilitating systematic human rights abuses in pursuit of failed policies.

Report recommends:

  1. Reform of UN drug bodies, in particular the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), to improve oversight of funding and monitoring of basic human rights compliance.
  2. A systemic root and branch review of the goals and operation of the international drug control system.

The report will be available online from 00.01, 23/10/12:

The report is written by leading experts from universities and other organisations around the world. It will be launched at a public debate at LSE:

Date: 6.30-8pm, 23/10/12

Speakers: Dr. William McAllister; Prof. David Courtwright; Dr. Ethan Nadelmann; Nigel Inkster and Prof. Michael Cox.

Venue: The Old Theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street, LSE.



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