War on drugs a global failure: experts

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes leading politicians from around the world and influential figures such as Richard Branson, said that injecting drug use accounts for a third of new HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

The report stated: “Throughout the world, research has consistently shown that repressive drug law enforcement practices force drug users away from public health services and into hidden environments where HIV risk becomes markedly elevated. Mass incarceration of non-violent drug offenders also plays a major role in spreading the pandemic.”

Paul Barratt, chairman of

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