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| 10/14/2009 12:00:00 AM

Former Colombian president blasts U.S. anti-drug strategy

Oct 14--Former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria on Tuesday strongly criticized the United States' approach to fighting drugs.

Former Colombian president blasts U.S. anti-drug strategy Former Colombian president blasts U.S. anti-drug strategy
"Just putting all consumers in jail, as the U.S. does, is not a solution," he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "You have to reduce consumption."

In a wide ranging interview, Gaviria said the United States now has more people in jail for narco-trafficking or related crimes than there are prisoners in the whole of Europe.

"What you need to do with addicts and people who consume drugs is deal with them as a health problem, an education problem," he said.

Gaviria and two other former Latin American presidents -- Fernando Cardoso of Brazil and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico -- are all arguing the war on drugs has failed and it is time to replace current policy with what they call a more humane and efficient approach.
 
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