UC San Diego Conference Aims To 'Rethink The War On Drugs'

Thursday, February 8, 2018
By Brooke Ruth, Tom Fudge
Credit: Associated Press
Above: This undated photo provided by the U.S. Border Patrol shows 12 packages of methamphetamine that were confiscated from a U.S. citizen after a border patrol agent spotted a remote-controlled drone swooping over the border fence at a border crossing near San Diego, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

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 Fern√°ndez 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.