US President Nixon launched the "war on drugs" in the 1970s. Today, incarceration, social marginalisation and drug-related deaths have led North America to rethink this strategy. However, although positive developments are happening locally in the fields of harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration, new drug law enforcement approaches and cannabis regulation, the US and Canadian federal governments remain resistant to drug policy reform.
The Drug Policy Alliance reports on the danger of the new American fentanyl laws and states that the best way to reduce fentanyl-related deaths is through evidence-based public health and harm reduction approaches.
Responses from 1000 Vox readers illuminate the four reasons why America's addiction treatment system is broken: Poor insurance coverage, lack of research, the lack of treatment methods which are proven to work and, finally, stigma.