Latin America has long promoted a war on drugs approach. However, the significant levels of violence, as well as other health and social harms related to repressive drug control have led several countries across the region to call for an open debate on drug policy across the region. Uruguay has moved a step further by legally regulating its cannabis market.
Maziyar Ghiabi, guest editor of the special issue explains the 3 main purposes of this issue: complementarity, questions of methods and discipline, and finally to challenge the established assumptions about the place of drugs in the social sciences.
The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples reports that drug cartels in Mexico are using indigenous children as a tool in their larger fight against the authorities to maintain control of the drug supply chain.
A broad coalition of patients, health professionals, researchers and experts in public health underscored that eliminating viral hepatitis will not take place unless people who use drugs have effective access to prevention and treatment services.