The cultivation of drugs is a sign of poverty rather than a sign of wealth. Rather than a “war,” the treatment of the drug problem must be approached as development, security and health issues, the panelists of the workshop “Drugs and Development: Punishing the Poor” said.
An increasing number of policy makers worldwide are declaring that the existing approach to drug policies, which focuses on the use of law enforcement, has failed to prevent illicit drug use and supply.
These scenarios are stories about what 'could' happen in the future in and around the hemispheric drug system, based on current trends, and including relevant political, economic, social, cultural and international dynamics.
The purpose of this report is to help the Heads of State and Government of the Americas to establish a frame of reference to address the drugs problem in their countries and to guide future multilateral policies and actions.