Evaluating the Impact of ‘War on Drugs’
CHEERS TO Philstar.com for developing an interactive microsite on the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
Published on Sept. 19, 2016, Newslab.Philstar.com examines the administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign through four main categories of impact — policy, health, poverty and rule of law. Each category includes interactive charts and graphs, video interviews and infographics as visual aids.
Phlistar.com noted that anti-narcotics campaigns have been done in different countries like Thailand but have been unsuccessful in the long term. Whatever success these campaigns initially gained was only fleeting and the drug problem eventually returned or even worsened.
Among the topics discussed in the site are the prevalence of drug use in the Philippines compared to other countries, drug abuse as a public health problem, the profile of the average drug abuser, the fundamental rights of those accused of drug dealing or drug use, the Philippine National Police’s operation “Tokhang,” and the number of drug-related cases that have reached the court.
The war on drugs is among the major policy planks of the Duterte administration. Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency, more than 3,000 people believed to have been involved in the drug trade have been killed. While other media organizations have also published critical assessments of the drug war, Philstar.com is the first to create a microsite specially devoted to the campaign.