FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2016
On April 21, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly on the World Drug Problem.
In his statement, Archbishop Auza firmly rejected the use and legalization of illegal drugs and reiterated Pope Francis’ words emphasizing that to address the underlying causes of drug addiction, rather than liberalizing drug use, it is necessary to stop the spread of drug addiction. “The fight against drugs will not be won with drugs,” Pope Francis said, but with education, greater job opportunities, life, love and care for others. The family is particularly important for the prevention of drug addiction and the treatment, rehabilitation, and reintegration of users, Archbishop Auza affirmed. He also said that drug traffickers, local pushers and drug users ought to be treated differently according to the principle of just proportionality. To protect people from the scourge of drug use and its collateral harms, he added, international cooperation toward and integrated and balanced anti-drug strategy are required.
His statement can be found here.