Drugs have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the last decade.
A conference at UC San Diego on Friday aims to propose solutions to the failed war on drugs. It is called "Rethinking the War on Drugs." It is being put on by UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy.
Rafael Fernández de Castro is the director for the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy.
He joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the problem and the solutions the conference hopes to offer.