Suchitra Rajagopalan

Drug War Fuels Global Lack of Access to Essential Medicines

Every individual has a fundamental right to health, regardless of age, race, gender, income, or nationality. This important human right is intimately connected to our understanding of a life in dignity because it is in good health that individuals can reach their full potential.

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The War on Drugs Is Taking Center Stage at the United Nations

In April, the world will come together to talk about drugs. The United Nations will host a General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), the most significant high-level international drug policy event in almost two decades. At the last UNGASS in 1998, the international community met under the slogan "A drug free world – We can do it!" and committed itself to this unrealistic goal. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since then. This time, when global leaders meet at the UN to discuss drugs once again, the farce of a drug free world will be far away. Influential voices from around the world are calling for new approaches to drug policy, countries and cities are experimenting with innovative reforms, and a global movement has emerged calling for an end to the failed prohibitionist policies of the past. In April, people from all over the world will be descending upon New York City to demand change.

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