Jul 23, 2011

Drug Policy Reform: Wage drug war in community

Now here is a rational voice. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, M.D. is the founder of the American College of Addiction Medicine and the National Library of Addictions, based in Brookline, Massachusetts

Wage drug war in community - BostonHerald.com: "The Global Commission on Drug Policy recently declared that the global war on illicit drugs has “failed.” The panel ...concluded that anti-drug policies have not stemmed the tide of narcotics ...

This wholesale indictment of long-standing drug policy by respected world leaders was certainly astonishing. While the commission’s call for decriminalization of drug possession will create widespread controversy, the focus should remain on the commission’s call for a new model of addiction care.

This appeal creates a rare opportunity for new thinking on how society might actually win the “war” on drugs. By developing and supporting local, community-based, public health models of care that stress ongoing medical, behavioral and social treatments for addicts, society will give cities and towns across the United States the tools they need to beat back the scourge of drugs."

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