How Decriminalizing Drugs Might Affect the Spread of HIV in Tijuana

Richard Branson and experts debate the losing war on drugs — and its victims — at UC San Diego event —

As the 1960s came to a close, Richard Nixon famously declared a “war on drugs.” They were “public enemy number one,” the president said. Their menace demanded a full-throated federal effort of interdiction, eradication and incarceration.

The goal: No more illegal drugs. Period.

The reality: The war still rages. There are now more illegal drugs produced and consumed than ever.

If the war on drugs were one of his businesses, said Sir Richard Branson, the renowned British magnate, philanthropist and activist, it would have been shut down within a year. “It hasn’t worked at all, ever, but governments continue to ignore the facts, creating untold misery. Drug use isn’t a criminal problem. It’s a health problem.”
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Branson, who has become a major voice in the global drug policy debate, visited UC San Diego last week to participate in a panel discussion on global drug decriminalization and Tijuana’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, which is fueled in part by widespread drug use, notably the sharing of needles to inject black tar heroin. … Read the Full Feature Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


Steffanie Strathdee, PhD

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD

The UC San Diego Global Health Institute (GHI) was a co-sponsor of the event. GHI Director Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, was moderator and host of the event.

Dr. Strathdee is Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine.

NIH Funds UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship to Train Next Generation of Global Health Researchers

The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) announces the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship funded by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide global health research training opportunities for 9-12 fellows annually for the next five years. Co-led by Drs. Steffanie Strathdee (UC San Diego) and Craig Cohen (UCSF), this program will contribute to the development of future global health researchers at the University of California and international partner institutions …… Read the full story from the University of California Global Health Institute


Dr. Steffanie Strathdee
Co-directing the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship program is Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the UC San Diego Division of Global Public Health; Director, UC San Diego Global Health Initiative.

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