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Illegal drugs cheaper, more potent despite decades of the war on drugs: study


VANCOUVER – A new study say the cost of illegal drugs has declined over the past two decades and their potency has increased, despite the so-called war on drugs.

Researchers from British Columbia and California looked at statistics gathered by law enforcement and health agencies in North America, Europe and Australia over the past two decades.

Those numbers showed that while the number of drug seizures by police has increased, the price of cocaine, cannabis and opiates like heroin has dropped.’

At the same time, the purity and potency of these street drugs has increased the study found.

The report, published in the British Medical Journal “Open,” says that the war on drugs has failed.

The authors, including Dr. Evan Wood of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, say they hope the study prompts authorities to re-examine drug control strategies that focus on supply reduction, over prevention and treatment.

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Illegal drugs cheaper, more potent despite decades of the war on drugs: study

  1. This “War On Drugs” is just the prohibition, redux.

  2. Al Capone. … also took full advantage of the
    criminal opportunities available during Prohibition.

    Prohibition is an absolute plague The use of drugs is NOT the real problem,
    the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels,
    terrorists, and corrupt politicians most definitely is the problem. Legalize
    it, regulate it, make it safer, and tax it.

    Do a search for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition LEAP

  3. Any piece of technology is a double edged sword and can be the best thing in the world or can mess your life up (or many lives). It is lie that this does principle equally not apply to psychoactive drugs.

    If users can’t spread their advice, if drugs don’t come with dosage instructions, and if people live in a society were they cannot be taught the specific pitfalls, advantages and disadvantages of using these drugs you are forcing people to only make mistakes.

    Just like you cannot drive on a road without first proving that you have the required skills, competence and knowledge, why not train everyone who expresses an interest in taking drugs, in basic pharmacology, drug law and drug related first aid before they can get a personal ‘drug license’. They can then make all their own judgements based on proper training and specialist opinion rather than relying on dosage instructions, anecdotal evidence and drug myths from friends.