Haden_After_Pro_Sat_12p

Haden_After_Pro_Sat_12p - A Public Health/Human Rights...

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A Public Health/Human Rights Approach for Controlling Currently Illegal Drugs Mark Haden
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Drug prohibition creates a robust illegal market which makes illicit drugs widely available, spawns significant health and social pathologies, engages our youth and marginalizes some users. .…all at great expense to the taxpayer
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Lessons learned from Alcohol and Tobacco • A for profit driven, free market approach can produce significant health and social harms. • Companies that sell products, which have potential for harm, can prioritize profits over population health. • Packaging, branding, advertising, and warning labels all need to be tightly controlled
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Marketing to Youth? 6
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Public Health and Human Rights These two models are being explored as the foundation for post prohibition drug control
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Human Rights • Universal declaration of human rights: 1948 • Limits the states ability to intrude on individuals and establishes governmental responsibilities Advantages • Is global in its perspective and acceptance • Has successfully empowered many marginalized groups • Has significant history in Canada as we support our own charter of rights Weaknesses • May not balance individual rights and responsibilities • Does not deal with health issues directly
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Public Health • Focuses on health of groups, communities and all of society • Social determinants of health (poverty, housing, etc) Advantages • Includes prevention, treatment, education • Accountable, goal orientated • Specifies health approachs and interventions • Social capital/cohesion • Has political traction Weakness • Can be seen as too intrusive and controlling
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