A safe retreat from the war on drugs

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While the world has actually been fixated on the outcomes of the governmental election in the United States, less attention has actually been paid to another outcome of last Tuesday’s vote: considerable steps toward decriminalisation of drugs in several US states. By preventing those who utilize drugs from engaging with health systems, criminalisation and stigmatisation– […]

While the world has actually been fixated on the outcomes of the governmental election in the United States, less attention has actually been paid to another outcome of last Tuesday’s vote: considerable steps toward decriminalisation of drugs in several US states. By preventing those who utilize drugs from engaging with health systems, criminalisation and stigmatisation– as well as bigotry, which substances drug-related discrimination– contribute to unfavorable health results for people and neighborhoods that extend far beyond the drugs themselves. And harm-reduction services consistently fail to meet the needs of the groups that have borne the force of punitive drug policies for decades, such as individuals of African descent consisting of African-Americans and indigenous people around the world.