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London Summit: The war on drugs is a complete failure everywhere

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 29, 2010  – A report from IPS (Inter Press Service) informs  that “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 “.

“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.

Mexico offers a case in point. In 2006, it launched a massive nationwide counter-narcotics campaign. By 2008, drug violence claimed 6,290 lives in that year alone – double the number from the 2007. In first eight weeks of 2009, more than 1,000 people were killed. Since 2006, the total number killed has surpassed 17,000 people, including scores of judges, police, and journalists.

“From a scientific perspective, the widespread drug violence in places like Mexico and the U.S., as well as the gun violence we are increasingly seeing on city streets in other countries, appears to be directly linked to drug prohibition,” says review co-author Dr. Evan Wood, a researcher at the Canada’s British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and founder of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy.

The organisation is an international network of scientists, academics, and health practitioners committed to improving the health and safety of communities and individuals affected by illicit drugs.READ MORE HERE.

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