A growing body of evidence clearly demonstrates that the current drug control approach has failed to achieve its stated goal - to reduce the scale of the illicit drug market and the prevalence of drug use - and has led to a number of serious negative consequences. The publications cited below are only a small selection of available documentation on the issue:
- 2008 World Drug Report (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
- Report on Global Illicit Drug Markets 1998-2007 (European Commission)
- Drug policy: Lessons learned and options for the future (Global Commission on Drug Policy)
- The development of international drug control - Lessons learned and strategic challenges for the future (Global Commission on Drug Policy)
- Why is the outcome of the United Nations drug policy review so weak and inconclusive? (IDPC)
- The war on drugs: Are we paying too high a price? (Count the Costs Campaign)
Many more reports and briefings are available on the IDPC Publications Library, where you can search for publications by subject, author, organisation, date of publication, language and key word.
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