A group of Nobel-winning economists recently issued a report calling for an end to the War on Drugs. In part, their statement read
“The pursuit of a militarized and enforcement-led global ‘war on drugs’ strategy has produced enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage,” says the 82-page report. “These include mass incarceration in the US, highly repressive policies in Asia, vast corruption and political destabilization in Afghanistan and West Africa, immense violence in Latin America, an HIV epidemic in Russia, an acute global shortage of pain medication and the propagation of systematic human rights abuses around the world.”
I guess the drug war has a few negative consequences….
When you insist on criminalizing behavior that ought to be treated as the public health issue it is, you shouldn’t be surprised when those sanctions do horrendous collateral damage.
Alcohol prohibition didn’t work; neither does drug prohibition. There are better ways to address the problem.
But we never seem to learn.