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Breaking the Taboo: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

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Catalogue Number:  394510
Producer:  Films Media Group
Subject:  Criminal Justice & Law, Global Issues, Politics
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2012
Running Time:  52

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The war on drugs has been raging for more than 40 years. Over a trillion dollars has been spent, millions of people imprisoned, and countless thousands killed. And the result? Drugs are cheaper and more prevalent than ever before, and in a growing number of countries drug cartels are a major threat to national security. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary examines the UN-sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries such as the U.S., Colombia, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil. The film features prominent statesmen including former presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and César Gaviria of Colombia, who press for the urgent need to break the political taboo and support drug liberalization, per the conclusions of the 2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy.

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