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9 Things We've Learned From a 50-Year War on Drugs

Why has the ‘war on drugs’ in the Americas actually increased the militarization and bloodshed associated with drug trafficking? By creating an enormous illegal market controlled by complex and increasingly powerful criminal groups, violent conflicts have intensified across the region. At the same time, repressive policies have violated the human rights of tens of thousands of people. Here are nine lessons we’ve learned from 50 years of drug wars, drawn from a joint report by 17 organizations from 11 countries in the Americas.

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