New additions to the Count the Costs resource collection 21.04.11

New videos

Four new videos have been added to the Count the Costs resource library:

  • A feature-length documentary entitled 'An Oral History of the War on Drugs', which examines the negative effects of US drug policy using testimonials from those who have fallen foul of the law, family members, and experts on criminal justice.
  • An entertaining talk given at TED by epidemiologist Elisabeth Pisani, who reveals the inconsistencies in current public policy that encourage the continued spread of HIV among drug users.
  • A discussion with Damon Barrett, Senior Human Rights Analyst at the International Harm Reduction Association, who outlines how the war on drugs penalises poverty and how the current drug control framework is not fit for purpose.
  • A lecture at Howard University from Sanho Tree, Director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, about the failures and unintended consequences of the drug war.

New reports and articles

Several reports and recent news articles have also been added to the resource library. Among them are:

  • A report by the Nossal Institute for Global Health which argues that the association between drug policy and development policy has not been adequately acknowledged, thereby hindering the achievement of a human rights-based approach to both policy areas.
  • A report from the NAACP which shows that minorities and the poor are most negatively affected by incarceration and criminal sanctions for drug offences.
  • An article by the BBC's Home Affairs Editor, Mark Easton, summarising the findings of a new study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, which – paradoxically – finds a clear link between increased drug law enforcement and greater drug-related violence and crime.
  • A Guardian article by Nick Crofts, which argues that as we mark the 50th anniversary of the war on drugs, the world can no longer ignore the intricate links between narcotics, development and conflict.
  • A Washington Post article revealing the extent to which Mexican drug cartels – which are an inadvertent by-product of the war on drugs – now act with impunity, going as far as to target and murder children.

We welcome submissions to this resource library from all sources (written reports, images, audio and video), as well as feedback and comments, so as to help build this website into an information hub that is useful and interesting to anyone who cares about effective, evidence-based drug policy.

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