Drugs war only helps criminals

According to drug policy foundation Transform, our prohibition policies are in crisis. The well-intentioned efforts to prohibit the production, supply and possession of certain drugs through criminalisation is, it says, causing untold damage to communities both here and in drug producing countries. Attempts to eliminate the domestic market for heroin and cocaine have proved futile, as global economics have drastically inflated their price. Transform asserts that current drug policy creates crime, undermines public health and promotes social exclusion. It asks us, instead, to contemplate a hypothetical society in 2020 where all drugs are regulated and controlled.

by Sukhvinder Stubbs, chair of Young Enterprise (West Midlands)

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