Law enforcement agencies have traditionally focused on the destruction of crops and production facilities, the interdiction of supply lines and the arrest and punishment of consumers. This approach has often exacerbated the worst aspects of the market (violence, ill health, social marginalisation of users, etc.). Some authorities have recently changed their approach, seeking to manage the market in a way that minimises its associated harms.
This report reviews the global situation regarding Cannabis cultivation and use, with particular reference to recent debates around the variable THC content of Cannabis products, and the link between use of the drug and mental health problems such as schizophrenia and psychosis.
'State of Siege provides an overview of drug trafficking and drug-related violence and corruption in Mexico and argues that the United States must share responsibility with Mexico for addressing these problems for two reasons.
Based on two studies carried out in the cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo and additional research in Brazil, this report examines the origin, characteristics and impact of the explosive increase in consumption of cocaine base paste and crack in urban areas.
Plan Colombia having run its course, the U.S. government's own data indicate that coca cultivation is expanding in Colombia, cocaine remains readily available in the United States, and cocaine use is steady, if not rising, including among youth.
This study investigated whether three measures of legal repressiveness in large US metropolitan areas were associated with the population prevalence of injection drug use and with HIV prevalence among IDUs.
The Home Office have published a research study called The economic and social costs of Class A drug use in England and Wales which provides a useful analyses of the wider costs of illegal drugs – the most thorough and recent such study available. The study, undertaken by York University, explains…