Over the past twenty years of the U.S. War on Drugs, the price of illegal drugs has decreased while the quality has increased, reveals a new study published in the British Medical Journal Open.
The findings of the study appear to directly dispute the effectiveness of the the War on Drugs' tactics and methods - and supports the claims of drug decriminalization advocates that prohibition and harsh drug sentencing just isn't the answer.
The study, which reviewed the past twenty years' worth of data pertaining to global drug surveillance records, was conducted by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy.
“These findings add to the growing body of evidence that the war on drugs has failed,” said study co-author Dr. Evan Wood, Canada Research Chair in Inner City Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
“We should look to implement policies that place community health and safety at the forefront of our efforts, and consider drug use a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. With the recognition that efforts to reduce drug supply are unlikely to be successful, there is a clear need to scale up addiction treatment and other strategies that can effectively reduce drug-related harm.”