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Narcodeforestation in science:

Drug Policy as Conservation Policy: Narco-Deforestation

Science 31 January 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6170 pp. 489-490 DOI: 10.1126/science.1244082

Kendra McSweeney, Erik A. Nielsen, Matthew J. Taylor, David J. Wrathall, Zoe Pearson, Ophelia Wang, Spencer T. Plumb,

Corresponding author.

The watershed 2013 report, The Drug Problem in the Americas (1), highlights a shift toward multilateral support for hemispheric drug policy reform. This report by the Organization of American States (OAS) reviews failures of the U.S.-led prohibitionist “war on drugs” and urges states to reconsider orthodox “supply-side” strategies (including interdiction and drug crop eradication), and to focus more on demand-side policy experimentation. In Central America, a key zone of drug transit that is being ripped apart by narco-fueled violence and corruption (2, 3), the push for reform signals hope that the conditions fueling drug traffickers’ profits and corrosive political influence may eventually be dismantled (4).

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