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Sixty seconds on . . . the war on drugs

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1756 (Published 30 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1756
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Is that still going on?

Indeed. It might not be up there with the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War just yet, but the US led battle against the illegal drugs trade, first waged by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s, still rages after almost 50 years.

Is there any evidence that it’s being “won”?

In short, no. A new report from the Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy argues that the draconian laws and zero tolerance …

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