Addressing a UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, had rejected the use of illegal drugs and the legalisation of use.
In his speech he pondered on the negative effects of illicit drug use on the family would extend from community to the possible massive destabilisation of modern civil society.
He called for providing support to people suffering from drug abuse as these can lead to depression and long-term sickness.
“The negative effect of illicit drug use on the family extends to the community, and leads ultimately to the destabilization of civil society,” he said.
“People suffering from drug abuse require all the support we can give them, including comprehensive health and social services that are accessible, effective and affordable,” continued Archbishop Auza.
“Not all crimes related to illicit drugs are of equal gravity. International drug traffickers, local pushers and drug users have to be treated differently according to the principle of proportionality,” – the Vatican diplomat added – “Disproportionate responses would be against the spirit of justice, and would not help in the rehabilitation of those who have become addicted to illicit drugs.”