International Drug Policy Groups Evaluate
The Global Impact of Drug Legalisation
Significant groups from across the globe came together to evaluate the potential impact of drug legalisation. This alliance of drug policy experts found that drugs are an enormous social problem and that the drug trade adversely affects the global economy and the viability of some countries that have become transit routes. In a position statement issued by the coalition titled Drug Legalisation: An Evaluation of the Impacts on Global Society, they slammed those supporting drug legalisation. Statement here and here en español
“National leaders have an obligation to protect their citizens against drugs and their harmful effects. This evaluation was conducted to facilitate a better understanding of the problems associated with drug misuse and addiction as well as other aspects surrounding drug policy. We hope to enlighten the public about the potential devastating impact of the actions of groups who are pushing to make dangerous drugs legal, easily available and socially acceptable. They have ignored international drug treaties and the innocent victims affected by drug use with their irresponsible actions,” said Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. (DFAF) and founder of the International Task Force on Strategic Drug Policy (ITFSDP).
Eric Voth, M.D., FACP, Chair of the Institute on Global Drug Policy (IGDP), stated “As a physician who sees the impact of drugs on the health of individuals, I know that the harm is with the drugs, not with drug control. Rightfully so, our policy stance is a hard-hitting admonishment against softening of drug policy and experimenting with the well-being of our societies.”
The United Nations Narcotic Control Board Gravely Concerned About U.S. Marijuana Legalization
The International Narcotic Control Board President Raymond Yans voiced serious concerns about the recent legalization of marijuana in three states. Mr. Yans stated that "these developments are in violation of the international drug control treaties, and pose a great threat to public health and the well-being of society far beyond those states".
The question remains - will the US Government abide by its treaty obligations to protect the health and well-being of its citizens by ensuring that the controlled substances act is followed including prohibition of the use, distribution and sale of marijuana. Below is the entire statement.
Taskforce Member Honored!
On October 15, 2012, Mrs. Mina Seinfeld de Carakushansky was formally honored as a lifelong member of the Brazilian Defense Academy. Mrs. Seinfeld de Carakushansky is a renown advocate for drug prevention and for promoting healthy and safe communities throughout South America. She is also one of the only members of the Academy who is not a native Brazilian. ITSDP would like to congratulate Mina on this esteemed accomplishment.
Sweden, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, Italy and
The United States Sign Joint Statement Reiterating a Commitment
For a Humane and Balanced Drug Policy