The War on Drugs and HIV/AIDS: How the Criminalization of Drug Use Fuels the Global Pandemic

Content Type
Special Report
Institution
Global Commission On Drug Policy
Abstract
The global “war on drugs” is driving the HIV/AIDS pandemic among people who use drugs, although research has shown that repressive law enforcement forces users away from public health services and into hidden environments where HIV risk becomes markedly elevated. An assessments of the impacts concluded that many nations and international organizations tasked with reducing the drug problem have actually contributed to a worsening of community health and safety. The time for leadership is now.
Topic
HIV/AIDS, Health, War on Drugs, Drugs
Political Geography
Global Focus