The War on Drugs: Pros and Cons

by Rachel Baker on September 5, 2013

This is an interesting Pro/Con look at the drug war policies from our friends in the UK. Their policy view has always been on the treatment rather than the punishment of drug usage, and it shows with the fall of drug use by 15% between 2005 and 2011.

In 1961 the world embarked on a US-led act of collective folly when it identified the non-medical use of specific drugs, including cannabis, cocaine and heroin, as a global threat and attempted to rid the world of them using punitive enforcement.

After 50 years of global prohibition, drugs are cheaper, more available and widely used than ever before; a $300bn (£190bn) a year – and still growing – trade has been gifted to organised criminals and unregulated dealers – creating vast costs for those least able to bear them – undermining public health and human rights, fuelling crime, corruption and conflict, and destabilising entire regions.

Spelling differences are due to the article coming from the bbc.

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