By Georgina Connery

After close to half a century of pumping billions into drug law enforcement the realisation is dawning that the global war on drugs was doomed to fail.

The fallout is hard to fathom, however a new book, launched by Senator Katy Gallagher this week in Canberra, highlights how treating drug addiction as a law enforcement issue rather than a medical one has led to many unnecessary deaths and untold heartache.

The Drug Law Wars: Twenty years of families fighting at the front was compiled by the volunteer organisation Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform which was founded in ACT in 1995.

It includes many moving stories from affected families, but importantly chronicles their unrelenting battle to make decision makers see that prohibition and punishment serve to make drugs far more deadly.  

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