Drug Prohibition: Health Policy or Health Problem? Reflections from Mexico and Latin America

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Drug Prohibition: Health Policy or Health Problem? Reflections from Mexico and Latin America

Monday, 16 January 2012 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Venue: 
Latin American Centre Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk
Speaker(s): 
Alejandro Madrazo Lajous (Professor/Researcher, Division of Legal Studies, CIDE Mexico)
Convenor: 
Dr Halbert Jones
Series: 
North American Studies Seminar Series

Drug prohibition is usually cast as a policy aimed at protecting health,
but its success in that respect is debatable at best. Although hard data
on drug use, abuse, and the consequences of drug prohibition are
fragmentary and difficult to obtain and use, the information we do have
suggests that drug prohibition is at best unjustified as a health policy
and probably generates more serious problems that those it purports to
confront. Using empirical data that is beginning to come forth in Mexico
and other Latin American countries, Mexican legal scholar Alejandro
Madrazo Lajous will argue in favor of revising drug prohibition as a
health policy.