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A Humanitarian Intervention in the War on Drugs

For more than 50 years, the war on drugs has been a battle that only criminal organizations win. The only way out is with a new approach focused on saving lives, alleviating suffering, and maintaining human dignity.

BERLIN – On June 18, 1971, US President Richard Nixon launched the “war on drugs.” But, instead of improving public health and well-being in the United States by cracking down on drug use, he destroyed the lives of millions of people, both at home and abroad, especially in Latin America, Central Africa, and Southeast Asia. The question now is how to repair the damage.