The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS: How the Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global Pandemic

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June 26, 2012
The Global Commission on Drug Policy

The Global Commission on Drug Policy’s report, “The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS: How the Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global Pandemic,” condemns the drug war as a failure and recommends immediate, major reforms of the global drug prohibition regime to halt the spread of HIV infection and other drug war harms. The Commission’s first report, released in June 2011, generated unprecedented media coverage about drug policy reform and catalyzed international debate about the urgent need for fundamental reforms of the global drug prohibition regime. The Global Commission is the most distinguished group of high-level leaders to ever call for such far-reaching changes – including alternatives to incarceration, greater emphasis on public health approaches to drug use, decriminalization, and experiments in legal regulation. The Commission is comprised of Richard Branson, seven former heads of state (from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Mexico, Poland and Switzerland), former US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, former US Secretary of State George Shultz, and other distinguished world leaders.

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