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The war on drugs has failed: doctors should lead calls for drug policy reform

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6067 (Published 14 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6067

War on Drugs: Fact or Fiction


The War on Drugs is a misnomer. It’s not a war ON drugs, but a war FOR drugs, thugs, turf, funds, guns, gangs, and banksters. Also, it's not a WAR, but a WEB of corruption, disruption, collusion, and intrusion. Like most wars, the "War on Drugs" is fake and on the take, with stashes of cash and caches of hash, and we need to be protected FROM it, not BY it. To quote the Roman satirist Juvenal, “Who will protect us from our protectors?”


Competing interests: No competing interests

15 November 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA