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.
Aerial spraying has high short-term effectiveness, high risk of health or environmental damage, high risk of social discord, moderate cost, low long-term effectiveness, and low risk to eradicators or program participants.
Gutierrez provides an analysis of how the participation of communities in the production of crops deemed illicit often represents a coping mechanism in relation to pre-existing forms of structural marginalisation, whilst exposing these communities to further vulnerabilities.
This powerful account of women's life stories sheds light on the shared patterns of abuse that women who use drugs experience throughout their lives, and most violently, through their time in treatment and rehabilitation centres in Mexico.
By Corina GiacomelloCentro de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, México