The New York Times editorial board has finally noticed that nations around the world and even in the western hemisphere are reforming their drug policies. The call for a broad global debate over the UN drug control conventions is growing, along with international popular resistance to the counterproductive and archaic prohibitionist policies that have been pushed for so long by the US and a small handful of other nations.
As stated in the Times editorial:
The nation of Colombia has decided to stop allowing the use of the herbicide Glyphosate for coca eradication. The New York Times reported on May 14, 2015 that:
"The government of Colombia on Thursday night rejected a major tool in the American-backed anti-drug campaign — ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country’s vast illegal plantings of coca, the crop used to make cocaine, citing concerns that the spray causes cancer."
The CDC reported on May 8, 2015, that the incidence of hepatitis C infection is on the rise among injection drug users in some states. According to the CDC: