The Global War On Drugs Is Failing [Photo]
New research suggests that the global war on drugs is failing evidenced by the decrease in price of heroin, cocaine and cannabis and the simultaneous increase of their potency. A team of Canadian and U.S. researchers reviewed drug supply in the United States, Europe and Australia and drug production in regions such as Latin America, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. Prices fell despite a general increase in seizures and combined with similar drug data across the globe, point toward “a general global pattern.”
In the U.S., the average price of heroin, cocaine and cannabis decreased by at least 80% between 1990 and 2007, while average purity increased by 60%, 11% and 161% respectively, with similar trends seen in Europe over the same period. Campaign groups say the studies show that drug policies need to be steered away from its current punitive prohibitionist policy and grounded in science, health and human rights.