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Title: War on drugs harms youth, doesn't stop drug use, report says
Post by: SubliminallyOveranalyzed on November 22, 2015, 02:59:41 PM
War on drugs harms youth, doesn't stop drug use, report says (


In Mexico alone, over 48,000 people have been killed since the war began in 2006, between the cartels and the government(U.S.& their own govt in Mexico)(One of those cartels though, the Sinaloa, has been fortunate enough to have the U.S.'s own C.I.A. & D.E.A., between 2000 & 2012, have over 50 private meetings with top ranking Sinaloa members to get information on the Sinaloa's rival Cartels, and in exchange for this info, they and a few of our Federal Prosecutors gave middle to upper level Sinaloa members complete legal immunity in the U.S. , from any prosecution for violence, drug trafficking, smuggling, ets..... they were left alone to bring billions of $$ of drugs into the U.S....... talk about a free for all! damn they had it dicked! (probably still do, knowing the foul & corrupt nature of the ScumBags in the U.S. as well as one does. ) And these meetings were verified by U.S. Federal Court Papers/Testimony of former agents, etc. that spoke out about it after ....   source .... (

War on drugs harms youth, doesn't stop drug use, report says (

Although touted as a way to protect youth, the global war on drugs has done far more harm than good to young people, needlessly jailing them and making addictive substances even more dangerous, according to a report released Friday.

Count the Costs, a global coalition of drug-reform advocates, said the 50-year punitive- and enforcement-based approach to drugs has placed control of the trade in the hands of organized crime and criminalized many users.

The report identified seven overall costs from this approach, including the undermining of human rights, promotion of stigma and discrimination, and the waste of billions of dollars on drug law enforcement.

As part of these overall trends, the report said the war on drugs has harmed youth by spurring the rise of violent criminal gangs, jailing young people’s parents, and leaving millions of people with criminal records that can limit opportunities for the rest of their lives.

“This war, while declared in the name of protecting young people from the ‘drug threat,’ has ironically exposed them to far greater harm. The war on drugs is, in reality, a war on people,” the report said.
Count the Costs’ analysis comes as many U.S. states have started to rethink the effectiveness of drug prohibition, especially when it comes to cannabis.

In the last two years, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Two dozen other states have in recent years approved medical marijuana use to treat a host of ailments, from cancer-related symptoms to glaucoma.

Chief among the concerns raised in the report is how laws against drug use and possession help increase the potency of substances.
Traffickers evading the law want to move the smallest amount of drugs possible in return for the highest profit. That results in higher potency for addictive and dangerous drugs such as cocaine and heroin that are mixed with other substances before sale.

“Criminalization doesn’t stop young people taking drugs, but it does dramatically increase the risks for those who do,” Count the Costs said in a statement.

A similar phenomenon occurred during the era of alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, the report said. Alcohol smugglers tried to move as much hard alcohol as possible, instead of beer and wine.
Banning alcohol similarly helped give rise to nationwide organized crime syndicates, which enforced their will with deadly violence. The war on drugs has done the same thing, resulting in young people having to go through criminals to purchase illicit drugs, the report said.

Reform advocates have said that regulated markets for illegal drugs make them safer to take and purchase for people who are going try to get their hands on them no matter what the law says.
The report comes ahead of a United Nations meeting in 2016, when member states will rethink global drug strategies.