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This War Is Lost, but a New One Will Need to Be Waged

Journalist Maciej Stasiñski, an expert on Latin America, reports on the First Latin American Conference on Drug Policy, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009.

Among the key messages is the need for civil society to play a more decisive role in creating a critical mass to bring about a breakthrough in social and political attitudes towards drug issues. The report underscores the inefficacy of focusing international drug policy on abstinence and repression, and calls for the introduction of new policies based on the principle of harm reduction.

Stasiñski presents the views of civil society representatives, regional experts and top policymakers.

The conference was hosted by Intercambios, a Buenos Aires-based nongovernmental organization. For more information on the conference visit

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