Holistic approach needed for drug policies

Opium poppy field. Photo: UNODC (file)

To successfully combat illegal drug trafficking and abuse, a more holistic approach to the problem is needed, according to the deputy CEO of a Thai non-profit which helps people find legitimate ways to earn a living.

Mr Dispanadda Diskul from the Mae Fah Luang Foundation is in New York for a panel discussion on identifying what the priorities should be at this year's General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem.

He says that Thailand serves as an example of a country that successfully dealt with its opium plantations and found other legal jobs for the people involved.

Cathrine Hasselberg spoke with Mr Diskul and began by asking him how the current international drug policies are working.

Duration: 3'37"

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