An article on mysanantonio.com that highlights the costs of the drug war and argues for a new approach to drugs which emphasises prevention and treatment rather than enforcement.
The author focuses on the violence inherent in the war on drugs particularly in Mexico, and highlights the ineffectiveness of current US drug policy in stopping the flow of drugs.
A Los Angeles Times article covering two 2011 reports which criticise the American government's growing use of US contractors such as DynCorp and Lockheed Martin in fighting the drug war. These contractors were paid more than $3 billion to train local prosecutors and police, help eradicate fields of coca, operate surveillance equipment and otherwise battle the widening drug trade in Latin America over the last five years. US politicians and academics have attacked this policy, saying it is incredibly wasteful and ineffective.
A US Senate Subcommittee report, commissioned by Senator Claire McCaskill, which examines State Department and Defense Department spending on contracts to supply counternarcotics assistance to governments in Latin America. The report's analysis finds that from 2005 to 2009, the federal government’s annual spending on counternarcotics contracts in Latin America rose by 32%, from $482 million in 2005 to $635.8 million in 2009; and that, in total, the US government spent more than $3.1 billion on counternarcotics contracts during this period, despite not having any uniform systems in place to track or evaluate whether these contracts are achieving their goals.
A landmark report, by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which urges an end to the war on drugs and calls for a major paradigm shift in global drug policy.
An Open Society Foundations report that highlights some of the positive effects of Portugal's decision to decriminalise drug possession in 2001.
In Breach of International Law: Ukranian Drug Legislation and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
A report by the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network that challenges the legality of a 2010 Ukrainian Ministry of Health Resolution which significantly reduced the legal threshold for "small", "large" and "extra large" quantities of certain types of illegal drugs, including those most commonly used by people in Ukraine.
Speaking at the launch of the Count the Costs campaign, Aram Barra, Drug Policy Programme Director at Espolea, discusses the costs of the drug war in Mexico.
Damon Barrett, Senior Human Rights Analyst at Harm Reduction International, discusses human rights and drug law enforcement at the launch of the Count the Costs campaign in Vienna.
Martin Powell, Count the Costs project coordinator, speaks at the launch of the campaign at the 2011 United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.