Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times, and Places

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 13 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:108
  1. Michael Farrell (, senior lecturer
  1. National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, London

    Robert J MacCoun, Peter Reuter

    Cambridge University Press, £18.95, pp 496

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    Every week seems to bring a new report on the failure of current drug policy. Rising levels of serious drug problems put new pressures on old systems that can barely cope anyway. Schools, psychiatric hospitals, and prisons continue to face fresh challenges.

    People from most walks of life have a view on drug policy and legalisation. The views are not easily cast along old left and right wing political lines.

    Europeans generally think that European drug policy has been more pragmatic and sensible that of the United States. Robert MacCoun and Peter Reuter are …

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