Revised March 14, 2011

WOCAD is a member of WFAD/World Federation Against Drugs. WFAD together with several other organizations have made the following statement:

"The criminalization of illicit drug use provides positive health and social benefits by deterring nonmedical use of substances that cause great harm to HIV/AIDSaffected individuals. The use of criminal justice sanctions that respect human rights and provide drug treatment services can accelerate an individual's recovery from drug dependence and prevent drug-related harms to HIV/AIDSaffected individuals preventing its further proliferation. The criminal law against illegal drug use is a major public health strategy to reduce drug abuse and the many health, safety and productivity losses imposed by drug abuse."

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