By  for Geographical. Next month will see a pivotal UN summit review strategies to combat the criminal drugs trade. Could the new Sustainable Development Goals lead the way?

The so-called ‘war on drugs’ has become a lightening rod for all sides of the political spectrum, conjuring images of heavily armed gangs and aggressive military actions.

‘The question now is not whether to end the war on drugs, but what to replace its failed policies with,’ insists Dr John Collins, coordinator of the LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project and editor of a report recommending adopting the Sustainable Development Goals, agreed at the 70th UN General Assembly meeting, as a new core strategy for combating the drugs trade.

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