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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. mcsweeney.14@osu.edu

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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