Tuesday, October 8, 2013

War on drugs a failure, international report suggests

BBC News - War on illegal drugs failing, medical researchers warn:

October 1, 2013 - "Illegal drugs are now cheaper and purer globally than at any time over the last 20 years, a report has warned.

"The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy said its report suggested the war on drugs had failed.

"The report, published in the British Medical Journal Open, looked at data from seven international government-funded drug surveillance systems. The seven drug surveillance systems the study looked at had at least 10 years of information on the price and purity of cannabis, cocaine and opiates, including heroin.

"The report said street prices of drugs had fallen in real terms between 1990 and 2010, while their purity and potency had increased....

"It concluded: 'These findings suggest that expanding efforts at controlling the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing.'"

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24342421
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