The UN Drug Treaties have acquired a patina of intrinsic and unquestioned value and have attracted a clique of true believers and proselytes to promote them. They pursue a version of Humankind for whom abstinence from certain drugs is dogma in the same way as other religious texts might prohibit certain foods or activities. The UN drug treaties thus form the basis of the international Drug Prohibition Church. Belonging to that Church has become an independent source of security, and fighting the Church's enemies has become an automatic source of virtue.
Cohen, Peter (2003), The drug prohibition church and the adventure of reformation. International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 14, Issue 2, April 2003, pp. 213-215.
R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director, National Drug Control Policy, US says:
'I believe we have historically been over-reliant on incarceration ... [we] see drug addiction as a disease and view the criminal justice system as a mechanism ...drug addiction is a chronic and progressive disease. Programmes should include ... intensified monitoring via drug testing and other means to ensure abstinence'