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How the UN Drugs Summit Excluded Young Voices and Failed Youth All Over the World

by Seer E.S. on 03/05/2016

UNGASS seems to have been disappointing on many fronts this past month. From not even acknowledging ‘Harm Reduction’ as part of the 3 pronged harm minimisation approach or as part of ANYTHING to this…

 

How the UN Drugs Summit Excluded Young Voices and Failed Youth All Over the World

By Sarah Merrigan

youth Sarah Merrigan is a senior studying Political Science at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She serves on the national board of directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

 

April 29th, 2016

I traveled to New York City last week, taking United Nations leaders at their word that the high-level summit they were hosting on the global War on Drugs would be “inclusive” and would provide opportunities to seriously reevaluate drug policies that have ruined far too many people’s lives.

But I was badly mistaken.

As members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), my colleagues and I understood the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) could be a chance for world leaders to undertake a true and comprehensive reexamination of prohibition and criminalization policies that are facing increasing opposition from the citizens and voters across the world whom they claim to represent.

Read the whole article by Sarah Merrigan in The Influence , HERE>  http://theinfluence.org/how-the-un-drugs-summit-excluded-young-voices-and-failed-youth-all-over-the-world/

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