Global ‘war on drugs’ a failure, experts’ group says

25/10/2012

in Drug abuse,Drug Legalisation,Global Policy News,Policy

Global ‘war on drugs’ a failure, experts’ group says

 25 October 25 2012

The Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP), a new international lobby group for liberalization, called Wednesday for what it termed the failed war on drugs to be replaced by policies oriented to regulation and prevention.

Studies by the commission since it was convened in 2010 claim that rather than stemming the global drug trade the costly war on drugs has seen it thrive in recent decades, with tragic consequences for public health and security.

“The global war on drugs is driving the HIV/AIDS pandemic among people who use drugs” and are reluctant to seek medical help for fear of incarceration, a commission statement said as it launched debate in Warsaw.

“Vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs have clearly failed to effectively curtail supply or consumption,” it added.

According to the commission, the worldwide supply of illicit opiates like heroin has ballooned by more than 380 percent in recent decades “from 1,000 metric tons in 1980 to more than 4,800 metric tons in 2010,” despite massive hikes in funds aimed at fighting drug trafficking.

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