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The study will reveal never-before-seen data on the total number of individuals incarcerated for drug consumption per country.

(Buenos Aires, May 26) This Wednesday, the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) will publish a new study that evaluates the state response to drug consumption in 8 countries in Latin America: Argentina, México, Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, and Bolivia. Alejandro Corda, Araceli Galante and Diana Rossi, members of Intercambios, participated in the Argentine chapter.

The study, titled “In Search of Rights: Drug Users and State Responses in Latin America” finds that in all of the countries that were studied, many drug users end up being criminally persecuted. This even includes countries where consumption is not legally punishable. The study reveals never-before-seen data on the total number of people incarcerated for drug consumption per country.

The document was created by members of the CEDD from various countries. Coletta Youngers from the Washington Office on Latin America participated for the United States, along with Ricardo Soberón from the Centre for Research on Drugs and Human Rights (CIDDH) in Peru, and various other representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Uruguay.

The study, which includes country reports and their executive summaries, will be published in www.drogasyderecho.org on Wednesday, May 28th.

The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law  (CEDD) unites researchers from 8 Latin American countries, with the goal of analyzing the impact of penal legislation and juridical practice in matters of illicit drugs. For more information on the coalition and its members, click here.