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Going after dealers and abusers dooms war against drugs to failure

It is far better in the long term to fuel people with ideals and a sense of purpose and to engage them, so that they will turn away from harmful drug use.

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Though President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown against drug dealers and abusers has drawn international ire as a human rights violation (above), the policy seems popular with a sizeable section of the Philippine population.

THERE is no public sympathy for drug dealers, and not much more for drug addicts. In many countries, trade in illegal drugs is associated with corruption and violence by suppliers and petty crime by those who need money to feed their habit, so politicians who pledge to crack down on drugs and...

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