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It is unfortunate that 35 years after the first chemical spraying in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are still writing about aerial spraying in Colombia, demanding the current government to definitely defer an ecocide and incompetent policy.
Prison overcrowding is widespread in Latin America, but Costa Rica has slowly started to implement politically sensitive, but needed, reforms. This includes vocational training programmes and resisting tougher drug-sentencing laws.
While participants largely continue to use crack, the intensity of their use has dropped significantly. They have also benefited from a drastically increased quality of life as result of the housing and access to health care.
While every situation is different and Costa Rica presents several advantages that other countries may lack, its recent efforts provide an encouraging example of how reform is possible in this politically sensitive issue.
The discussion is part of a series of public hearings, and aims to determine whether the issue will provide the subject of a new bill, taking into consideration a report to be drawn up by Senator Cristovam Buarque.
The video shows a documentary about the neuroscientist, Karl Hart, professor at Columbia University, who got international attention after questioning the common sense about the use, abuse and addiction on crack cocaine.