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A family of Programa Atitude beneficiaries in short-term housing provided by the programme. Lianne Milton/Panos for the Open Society Foundations

Why cities should stop arresting crack users and help them instead

Evidence increasingly shows the effectiveness of controversial efforts, like northeastern Brazil's Attitude Programme, to feed and house at-risk drug users.
Eight US states plus the District of Columbia have legalised cannabis, in conflict with US federal law. Steve Diapola/Reuters

What does Donald Trump think about drugs?

The next American administration will have to choose between following Barack Obama's reform course or relaunching the war on drugs, nationally and internationally.
Programme participants join in during capoeira lessons in Sao Paulo’s so-called ‘Cracolandia’. Sebastian Liste/Noor for the Open Society Foundations

São Paulo’s drug policies are working – will the new mayor kill them?

A public health programme respected locally, lauded globally, and based on the best science for helping homeless crack users, is at risk of falling victim to Brazil's partisan politics.
In its ‘war on drugs’, Indonesia’s narcotics agency targets not only drug producers, dealers and couriers – but also users. shutterstock

Indonesia’s ‘war on drugs’ may bring health crisis

In tackling the problem of drug abuse, Indonesia should change its criminalisation and punitive approach into a public health one.
Indonesia is forcing people with drug dependence problems to go into rehab. joloei/www.shutterstock.com

Forced rehabilitation of drug users in Indonesia not a solution

Indonesia's war on drugs aims to protect the country's young generation from an alleged "national drug emergency." But the government's coercive approach is harming the people it wishes to protect.

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