Children of the Drug War (PDF, 2 MB) is a unique collection of original essays that investigates the impacts of the war on drugs on children, young people and their families. With contributions from around the world, providing different perspectives and utilizing a wide range of styles and approaches including ethnographic studies, personal accounts and interviews, the book asks fundamental questions of national and international drug control systems:
- What have been the costs to children and young people of the war on drugs?
- Is the protection of children from drugs a solid justification for current policies?
- What kinds of public fears and preconceptions exist in relation to drugs and the drug trade?
- How can children and young people be placed at the forefront of drug policies?
Following an introduction, four thematic sections address: (PDF, 334 KB)
- Production and Trade (PDF, 775 KB)
- Race, class and law enforcement (PDF, 604 KB)
- Families and drug policy (PDF, 889 KB)
- Children, drug use and dependence (PDF, 1 MB)
Download the book or read it online at www.childrenofthedrugwar.org
Damon Barrett is the senior human rights analyst at Harm Reduction International, based in London. He is a co-founder and project director of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy and an editor of the International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy.