Legalising drugs would be “an historic mistake,” UN report says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 24 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2559
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Opiates remain the world’s most problematic drug in terms of addiction, a report by a United Nations agency says, but different illegal narcotics, from cannabis to cocaine, pose problems for different countries and regions trying to address substance misuse.

    The report warns that legalising these drugs as a means to fight the illicit black market, violence, and corruption would be “an historic mistake.” Instead it argues that law enforcement authorities should “shift focus from drug users to drug traffickers.”

    Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the Vienna …

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