The War on Drugs

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Today, it is painfully clear that this goal has not been achieved; recreational drugs have become more potent, more diverse, cheaper and more readily available than was ever the case before prohibition began (Rolles, Murkin, Powell, Kushlick, &
Slater, 2012; Stockwell, Gruenewald, Toumbourou, & Loxley, 2005; UNODC, 2013; Dan Werb et al.,
2013). In parallel to this, the economic cost of the War on Drugs to all nations, including the cost of enforcement, the cost of the imprisonment of offenders, public health costs, loss of productivity and costs incurred as a result of associated organised crime activity and related minor crime has exponentially increased and continues to increase today (Baum, 1996). In contrast, the global illicit drug trade accounted for approximately 1% of total world trade in 2003, estimated at $321.6 billion
(UNDCP, 2003). In the UK, the illicit drug trade generated as much as £6.6 billion in 2007 (Matrix
Knowledge Group, 2007).
This failed war has been waged worldwide at the expense of the personal liberty and individual freedoms of those who use drugs, for reasons that are recreational, medicinal or spiritual, or as the result of a pathological dependency- the illness of addiction. Many…

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