Al Jazeera Report, Inside Story - Has the global war on drugs failed?

A report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy has concluded that the global war on drugs has failed. The commission, which includes a group of politicians and former world leaders, says the current anti-drug policy has been fuelling organised crime, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, and causing thousands of deaths. Would legalising or decriminalising drugs help solve these problems or might that only make them worse? Inside Story discusses.

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Comment by Lyuba Guerassimova on June 21, 2011 at 3:35am

It had failed from the very moment it was announced...

I disagree that most drug consumers are wealthy - who uses heroin and crack, along with other low-quality concoctions? And no, drugs are anything other than scarce... Also, the fastest growing drug "branch" are synthetic/designer drugs, produces in not-so-poor nations...

Comment by cosmas amwayi on June 9, 2011 at 3:48am

There is an argent need of new strategies and approach on combating drug trafficking. Those engaged in this illegal business must be brought to book.We are losing potential, talented and instrumental young men and women due to addictions to substances, it fuels HIV/Aids infections and crime across the globe.I strongly believe we can win the war against drugs.

Cosmas Amwayi


Comment by Francis Okeny Silvio on June 7, 2011 at 5:55pm

Most drug dealers and consumers live in democratic wealthy nations, while drug producers live in developing poor nations. I must also say that most drug consumers are wealthy, because anything that is illegal is a rare commodity and therefore expensive wherever it is found. Because of its scarcity demands are high, but since it is illegal, consumers watch their back while in search for the invisible commodity, and such scenario create suspicious and conflict follows wherever there is availability.


What is amazing in the entire scenario, is that the very wealthy government officials are stake holders in the drug business, how could someone believe that there is war on drug, if the very people who are dealing with drug business themselves are the forces to fight the war on drug? It is not a surprise to hear that war on drugs has failed. 


I don't think it is difficult to stop anything that is illegal when the government, with all its skills and resources, knows where such products are produced. Think between the lines.


Where is the role of a peace agents? Well, as we said earlier, conflicts erupt depending on where you stand. Different people have different problems and conflicts, therefore, method to resolve conflicts varies as well from place to place depending on where you stand. It is clear that there are several wars that requires solutions.



Comment by Amineh Ayyad on June 7, 2011 at 12:50pm
Craig! Thank you for sharing this.  Reviewing right now various proposals for HIV prevention among drug  users in MENA countries.  Very interesting work.
Comment by Morlee Gugu Zawoo, Sr. on June 7, 2011 at 12:26pm

If the global war on drugs has failed, that means that evil against the good moral diginity of society has failed.

I have a good news! No matter how long drugs/evil shall exist, it will never previal against the moral fabric of society/good.


Morle Gugu Zawoo, Sr.

Agent of Transformation

NEPI Inc. Liberia

Comment by GOPI KANTA GHOSH on June 7, 2011 at 3:14am
Fighting terrorism is also fighting drug business...if one ends both evils shall go...

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