Drug Wars Make Societies More Violent Not Safer Studies Show
By Stephen Leahy
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 29, 2010 (IPS)
The war on drugs is a complete failure everywhere, according a comprehensive review of 20 years of scientific literature released at the Harm Reduction 2010 conference in Liverpool, England that wraps up Thursday.
“The war on drugs does not work, period,” said Dr. Julio Montaner, president of the International AIDS Society.
“We must take an evidence-based approach to dealing with the drug market, because current strategies are not working and people are paying for ill-considered policies with their lives,” Montaner said in a release.
An examination of all English-language scientific literature dating back more than 20 years reveals that drug law enforcement dramatically escalates drug-market violence. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a startling 82 percent of the studies found the various wars on drugs in countries and internationally simply increase violence. Continue reading