Step One: Acknowledge the Failure of a War on Drugs Strategy and the Harm it has Caused

  • Caroline ChatwinEmail author


This chapter outlines the history of international drug control and the emergence of a war on drugs approach to global drug policy. It documents the failure of this approach and explores the unintended and harmful consequences that have been caused to both consumer and producer countries as a result. The final section highlights attempts to move away from the war on drugs. It employs case studies of recent responses to New Psychoactive Substances and UNGASS 2016 to suggest that a war on drugs approach to global drug policy endures.


International drug control War on drugs Consumer countries Producer countries New psychoactive substances UNGASS 2016 


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