A report from the Health Officers Council of British Columbia which explores how a public health approach to drug control could prevent and reduce the harms attributable to currently illegal drugs, as well as prevent and further reduce the harms from tobacco and alcohol.
A study that investigates the potential risks the herbicide Roundup has on amphibians. The author reports findings that support a decline in amphibian populations as a result of Roundup, as extremely high rates of mortality are found after exposure. Roundup is a herbicide used in drug-crop eradication throughout parts of South America.
A comprehensive ACLU report that analyses the discriminatory nature of current US drug policies. The report cites statistics and data which show how women – particularly Hispanic and African American women – and children are disproportionately affected by America's drug laws.
Human Rights Watch investigate the ‘one strike’ policy in the US, whereby people with criminal records are excluded from public housing; a policy which was developed in the 1990s in an effort to reduce drug trafficking, violence and disorder in public housing.
Mexican drug cartels are using large areas of US national parks in California, Texas and Arkansas in which to grow cannabis. This poses many risks to the surrounding environment, as cartels cut down trees, stir up soil and divert water away from its source, killing animal and fish species in the process.
The author describes the negative impact that illegal drug manufacturers are having on the environment, such as the rainforest. In order to produce cocaine, growers burn down forests to plant coca which causes the land to become sterile and for the need to use new fields. Over the past 20 years, 6 million acres of the Andean tropical forest have been destroyed.
A document that outlines the potential risks of using the fungi fusariumoxysporamas a means to eradicate illicit crops of plants from which narcotics are produced. The authors reveal the damage to the environment it could cause if the decision was made to use it, such as the negative impact it would have on other plant and animal life. Additionally there are many damaging effects it would have on human life e.g. respiratory difficulties, skin problems, and Human Fusarium Infection.