Legalisation would be likely to result in increased use

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.636b (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:636
  1. Eric A Voth
  1. Chairman International Drug Strategy Institute, 901 Garfield, Topeka, KS 66606, USA

    EDITOR,—I strongly disagree with the numerous assertions by Richard Smith that legalising or decriminalising drugs is the answer to the drug problem.1 The first major misconception is that legalisation or decriminalisation would result in an overall decrease in the problems associated with drug use. As DuPont and I pointed out in our detailed consideration of drug policy, any reduction in the intensity of drug policy is likely to result in an increase in …

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