Casualties of War: How the War on Drugs is Harming the World's Poorest, Catherine Martin (February 2015)

Date: 01 February 2015

This report was published by Health Poverty Action in February 2015. The report critically addresses the 'War on Drugs' and their disastrous consequences in relation to global poverty levels. The War on Drugs has resulted in disintegrated and accountable states, lost resources, practices undermining the economy, inequality and poor health. 

Topics covered in the report are diversion of funds; livelihoods and land rights; alternative development and its pitfalls; governance and corruption, security; security, militarisation and assault on human rights; criminalisation of drug use and protection; gender; health care access; and environmental damage. Conclusively report emphasises that development NGOs need to recognise the reality of the current global drug policy regime, and its role as a structural driver of poverty, and that one must advocate for pro-poor drug policies in preparation for UNGASS 2016.

Citation: Catherine Martin, 'Casualties of War: How the War on Drugs is Harming the World's Poorest' (2015), Health Poverty Action

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