New York Times Examines Drug Policies’ Relationship To HIV Prevention, U.N. Agencies’ Positions
New York Times: Drug Enforcement vs. AIDS Treatment Issue Hits U.N.
“…The spread of [HIV] through needles may be the least-talked-about but most intractable aspect of the AIDS epidemic. … Questions over drug policy have split U.N. agencies. The World Health Organization and UNAIDS openly favor ending criminal penalties to fight HIV. But UNODC, the drug and crime agency, rooted in law enforcement and the 1946 U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs, is more conservative. … However, a shift by the United Nations as a whole may be in the wind…” (McNeil, 10/26).