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More Police or More Doctors? How to Best Tackle Illicit Drugs

6 November 2014 - 13:00 to 14:00

Chatham House, London


Ruth Dreifuss, President of Switzerland (1999); Minister of Home Affairs (1993-2002)
Baroness Meacher, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security Department, Chatham House 



In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the beginning of the US-led war on drugs. Over forty years later, the illegal narcotics trade is worth an estimated $332 billion, costs law enforcement an estimated $100 billion per annum and has seen an increase in users worldwide from 203 million in 2008 to 243 million in 2012. Is the war on drugs failing? 

As countries consider their policy approaches ahead of the expected UN General Assembly Special Session in 2016, Ruth Dreifuss, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, will present the approach to drugs policy implemented in Switzerland - based on public health rather than criminalization.

LIVE STREAM: This event will be live streamed. The live stream will be made available at 13:00 GMT on Thursday 6 November.
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This event is held in association with the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK and Presence Switzerland.