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The Negative Impact Of The War On Drugs On Public Health:
The Hidden Hepatitis C Epidemic

«Hepatitis C is a highly prevalent chronic viral infection which poses major public health, economic and social crises, particularly in low and middle income countries. The global hepatitis C epidemic has been described by the World Health Organization as a ‘viral time bomb’, yet continues to receive little attention. Access to preventative services is far too low, while diagnosis and treatment are prohibitively expensive and remain inaccessible for most people in need. Public awareness and political will with regard to hepatitis C are also too low, and national hepatitis surveillance is often non-existent.

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«La guerra globale alla droga è fallita, con devastanti conseguenze per gli individui e le società di tutto il mondo.»
Report of the global commision on drug policy
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El brutal asesinato de mi hijo Juan Francisco, de Julio César Romero Jaime, de Luis Antonio Romero Jaime y de Gabriel Anejo Escalera, se suma a los de tantos otros muchachos y muchachas que han sido igualmente asesinados a lo largo y ancho del país a causa no sólo de la guerra desatada por el gobierno de Calderón contra el crimen organizado, sino del pudrimiento del corazón que se ha apoderado de la mal llamada clase política y de la clase criminal, que ha roto sus códigos de honor.

No quiero, en esta carta, hablarles de las virtudes de mi hijo, que eran inmensas, ni de las de los otros muchachos que vi florecer a su lado, estudiando, jugando, amando, creciendo, para servir, como tantos otros muchachos, a este país que ustedes han desgarrado. Hablar de ello no serviría más que para conmover lo que ya de por sí conmueve el corazón de la ciudadanía hasta la indignación. No quiero tampoco hablar del dolor de mi familia y de la familia de cada uno de los muchachos destruidos. Para ese dolor no hay palabras –sólo la poesía puede acercarse un poco a él, y ustedes no saben de poesía–. Leggi tutto »

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“Smoke Screen” raises the issue of drug policies in force worldwide, paying attention to their social and political consequences in countries such as Brazil, particularly in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Leggi tutto »

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The onetime leader of the Police wants marijuana to be on the right side of the law. The artist wrote a passionate article for the Huffington Post in favor of legalizing marijuana. “Everyone knows the War on Drugs has failed,” Sting wrote. “It’s time to step out of our comfort zones, acknowledge the truth — and challenge our leaders … and ourselves … to change.”

Whether it’s music, activism or daily life, the one ideal to which I have always aspired is constant challenge — taking risks, stepping out of my comfort zone, exploring new ideas.

I am writing because I believe the United States must do precisely that — and so, therefore, must all of us — in the case of what has been the most unsuccessful, unjust yet untouchable issue in politics: the War on Drugs. Leggi tutto »

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Far from protecting us and our children, the war on drugs is making the world a much more dangerous place.
SO FAR this year, about 4000 people have died in Mexico’s drugs war – a horrifying toll. If only a good fairy could wave a magic wand and make all illegal drugs disappear, the world would be a better place.

Dream on. Recreational drug use is as old as humanity, and has not been stopped by the most draconian laws. Given that drugs are here to stay, how do we limit the harm they do? Leggi tutto »

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