World's nations urged to shift focus on drug problem

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan delivers a speech during a conference on International Health Security at a summit on health in Lyon, central-eastern France, on March 23, 2016World governments at a UN meeting on the global drug problem were urged Tuesday to move away from repression, abolish the death penalty for drug offenses and step up treatment. In the first such meeting in nearly 20 years, the UN General Assembly adopted a document that marks a shift away from the “war on drugs” launched in the 1970s, with its heavy-handed approach centered on law enforcement and criminalization. “Drug policies that focus almost exclusively on the use of the criminal justice system need to be broadened.

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