A-Failed-War-on-Drugs

A-Failed-War-on-Drugs

Injection drug use has become a growing problem in Africa along recently established transit routes for cocaine from South America, and to a lesser extent along routes for heroin from Asia. Those transit points are seeing emerging injection drug use, spurred on by the fact that locals running the drug routes are often as likely to be paid with a portion of the stash as with cash.

Despite massive investments in drug law enforcement in the past three decades, with much of the international interdiction effort paid for by the U.S. government through assistance to national military and police forces, there is “a general pattern of falling drug prices and increasing drug purity” throughout the world, according to the Vienna Declaration.

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