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Do We Need a New Approach to the War on Drugs?

Acknowledging that the war on drugs has failed is now fairly common among politicians. In June this year the US Senate concluded that it had nothing to show for more than three billion dollars spent recently on trying to reduce the volume of drugs coming into the USA. Before his election to the Senate in 2004, President Barack Obama called the US drugs policy, “an utter failure. Even David Cameron said in 2002, “war on drugs… has been tried and we all know it does not work”. Have they changed their drugs policy since their election? The answer is a resounding no, proving it’s harder to govern than campaign.

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