The objectives of development should be integrated into drug policies, particularly in developing countries. Crop eradication should not be carried out unless alternative livelihoods and the infrastructure on which they depend have been put in place first. In addition, the effectiveness of drug policies must be gauged against developmental and human security criteria.
Organisations representing the frontline of the drug war; people who have used drugs , families, criminal justice professionals and the two leading drug policy reform organisations have created a coalition. They discuss the peaceful road forward.
Despite methamphetamine seizures quadrupling between 2008 and 2013, Asia’s harsh anti-drug policies are falling out of step with the rest of the world and are filling prisons with low-level offenders, driving corruption, and fueling black markets.