This report presents an overview of the global evidence on the reduction of drug-related crime. Its main findings are:
This report represented a breakthrough in terms of understanding the relationship between drug policy/legislation and criminality. It concluded that, while the evidence was still developing, the primary approach employed by governments to deal with drug-related crime was a failure. The publication highlighted how both dependent users and criminal organisations/networks quickly accommodate to counterbalance the potential beneficial effects that increased law enforcement might have, and assessed the collateral damage that such initiatives entail. Indeed, instead of reducing the market, tightened law enforcement led to increases in criminal activity and criminal profits. Instead, the authors suggest that the evidence supports the idea of high-quality prevention and treatment programmes, as well as policy reform, as more efficient and cost-effective ways to address drug-related crime.
Psilocybin for Depression
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