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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

IDPC Report: War on Drugs a Failure

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia

The world market is bigger than ever, despite the millions of dollars invested in 10 years: IDPC NY

The objective set by the member countries of the United Nations (UN) 10 years ago to eliminate or reduce the trafficking, consumption, production and use of illicit drugs in the world has failed and has often been counterproductive, a report said. released on Monday.

Prepared by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) , based on data from the UN and other academic studies, the report noted that the heartbreaking figures demonstrate the carnage that the war on drugs has unleashed in the last decade.

The world drug market is larger and more robust than ever, despite the millions of dollars invested in reducing supply and in strict compliance with the law . In parallel, the harms of repressive approaches have reached epic proportions, said Ann Fordham, director of IDPC.

Titled Balance of a decade of drug policies , the document highlighted that there has been an increase of 145 percent in deaths related to this scourge in the last decade, totaling 450,000 during 2015.

He also stressed that at least 3,940 people have been sentenced to death and executed for a crime related to drugs in the last decade in 33 countries.

Also, about 27,000 extrajudicial executions have been registered for the campaign against drugs in the Philippines ; while more than 71,000 deaths due to overdoses were reported in the United States only in 2017.

In the world, in addition, there has been a mass incarceration fueled by the criminalization of people who use drugs; one in five prisoners has been deprived of liberty for crimes related to them, mainly for possession for personal use.

The document indicated that the 2018 World Drug Report prepared by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime pointed out that the range of drugs and the markets of drugs are expanding and diversifying as never before.

On the one hand, countries such as Uruguay and Canada have regulated the use of marijuana for recreational use in adults; while destructive approaches are hardening, such as that of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.


  1. It took them that long to admit and know it was a failure since the beginning

  2. At this point just make all drugs recreational. Only way they'll slow the process of drug trafficking. Let natural selection take its place.


  3. War on drugs is a joke

  4. Well no kidding it has failed, when so many places refuse to put these assholes to death or are too corrupt to have an effective justice system. 3,940 people in 33 countries over 10 years is a drop in the bucket compared to how many people are involved in those enterprises.

    You need to combine truly harsh penalties for dealers and manufacturers with sufficient recovery methods for users. Instead we do neither and expect things to change.


    1. Sure, let's cut more freedoms and make the state more totalitarian while you're at it.

    2. That doesn't work. Enough people have died. Time to end it.

    3. Yes, it's completely totalitarian to put people to death who participate in the killing of innocents. Or to force people to undergo effective treatment for addiction instead of throwing them in jail or the road of repeat offenders for the rest of their lives...

      There are no freedoms being cut by sentencing (and carrying out said sentence) people to death after a trial and appeal process. It's obviously not cruel or unusual to the offender, or they wouldn't have participated in the actions for years.

      If you are going to argue with a statement made by someone you should really come up with a possible alternative. Legalizing doesn't work, criminal groups are in it for the money, whether the item is legal or not. Cigarette smuggling is still a thing, and it makes millions a year. Before he became a drug kingpin Escobar was a smuggler, and was more than happy to kill anyone that got in his way and refused his bribes.


  5. 71,000 registered of in USA, that's more than the homicides in Mexico of 2017.

  6. Colorado is a fine example of the legalization of cannabis. Reducing a burden of taxpayer money for incarceration.
    How many other states can save if legalization for such were implemented.
    However, the need for harder drugs will never end. For some idiotic reason people need to consume regardless of death.


    1. So, let that be a health problem and not a criminal..

    2. Talk about health problems: those fools burn up kilos of meth and other poisonous drugs into the environment. The uneducated bums don't even know to use an incinerator?

    3. that really is a travesty , isn’t it ?, not to mention all the narco labs.......I hate to think about it. even when it’s confiscated, I mean some serious HAZMAT stuff. Can you imagine? It will be if it’s not already flowing in the water, the chemicals and toxics anyway.
      I guess composting the mota isn’t an option either, no NOT with all the pkging either. I know this sounds like a crazy idea, but they really could compost it at feedlots for fertilizer. But then full on legalization used to be a crazy idea too, jaja.

    4. A health issue is what's transparent here with users. An evident crisis facing many countries today Criminal charges should only apply to those drug pushers and distributors.
      Addiction is a disease. Weather alcohol consumption or Tobacco addiction. There is no difference when it comes to disease. Just potency and probabilities of death.
      France stemmed their heroine problem decades ago with a pharmaceutical drug.
      Reducing the consumption of heroin by more than half.
      Trying to recall the drug France embraced to curtail its use.




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