The war on drugs has wreaked havoc on millions of people across the world for half a century, but remains uncontested by all but a few. It has become an established part of the world order, even when its devastating impacts – not to mention its lack of success – are all too obvious.

But times are changing. The recent surge of the Black Lives Matter movement has motivated masses of people to challenge long-standing racism, demanding fundamental changes to law enforcement and other institutions. At the same time, governments are taking unprecedented measures to respond to COVID-19, suddenly making the impossible possible, leading many to consider what we want the new normal to be.

All over the world, Frontline AIDS partners work closely with people who use drugs. Every day we witness the devastating impact of the war on drugs. Here are four reasons why it’s time to speak up against it.