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Efforts to enforce drug laws lead to more crime, report says

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 28 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2358
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Attempts to cut back on drug suppliers to reduce availability of illicit drugs only lead to more crime and violence, a study published on 27 April claims.

    An international review that examined existing studies over the past 21 years found a strong connection between drug law enforcement efforts and increased drug related crime, killings, and gun violence.

    The review was carried out by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, based in Canada, which is an international network of scientists, academics, and health practitioners working to improve the health and safety …

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