Important: The war on the war on drugs

The Vienna Declaration, a scientific statement that argues the criminalization of drug use is fuelling the HIV/AIDS epidemic and countries need to adopt scientifically proven methods like needle exchange, methadone treatment and the like, was one of the most talked about initiatives at the conference. In fact, there was unprecedented attention paid to HIV/AIDS among drug users, an issue that has long been overlooked because it makes politicians – who ultimately fund programs – very uncomfortable.

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