When Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed office in 2016, his government launched an unprecedented campaign against illegal drugs. The drug problem in the Philippines has primarily been viewed as an issue of law enforcement and criminality, and the government has focused on implementing a policy of criminalization and punishment. Nymia Simbulan discusses the best way to address the drug problem in the Philippines, taking into consideration a public health and human rights approach to the issue.
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