Despite half a century of increased funding, more seizures and heavier policing, the DEA have failed to prevent the flow of drugs into the U.S, and the number of overdose deaths as a result of a toxic drug supply continue to rise.
Recent media coverage oversimplifies and misrepresents the root causes of homelessness, drug dependence issues and crime, which respond not to drug decriminalisation but broader socio-structural factors, including social exclusion, the housing crisis, economic insecurity, and the lasting impacts of a global pandemic.
Falling prices have plunged thousands of coca-growing families into hardship, underscoring the need for sustainable solutions to rural communities' precarious dependence on this unstable illicit market.
Following the the first known execution of a woman in two decades in Singapore and a string of recent executions for drug-related offences, Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister condemns the use of the death penalty in all cases and under any circumstances.
Instead of doubling down on counterproductive prohibitionist policies, governments should invest in evidence-based health alternatives, supportive services, and better approaches to regulation such as safer supply.
Proposals for cannabis legalisation fell short of the required votes, however the fact the initiative reached the final debate for the first time underscores that the forces for reform in Colombia are stronger than ever.