War on Drugs

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War on Drugs:

War on Drugs

The aggressive war against illegal drugs is one issue where instinct and emotion- rather than facts and reason- have unfortunately taken hold on many fronts:

The aggressive war against illegal drugs is one issue where instinct and emotion- rather than facts and reason- have unfortunately taken hold on many fronts

Before the drug war, the death toll, and the animosity in social networks escalate any further, perhaps now would be a good time to step back, breathe deeply, and look at the facts and figures surroundings the nature and extent of the country’s drug problem:

Before the drug war, the death toll, and the animosity in social networks escalate any further, perhaps now would be a good time to step back, breathe deeply, and look at the facts and figures surroundings the nature and extent of the country’s drug problem

The latest official estimate of drug users of the country is 1.3 million as of 2012:

The latest official estimate of drug users of the country is 1.3 million as of 2012

The number of drug-related raids and arrests in 2014 were the highest in a decade.:

The number of drug-related raids and arrests in 2014 were the highest in a decade.

The number of marijuana plantation sites eradicated by the PDEA in 2014:

The number of marijuana plantation sites eradicated by the PDEA in 2014

Rehab patients tend to be male , poor , and addicted to shabu:

Rehab patients tend to be male , poor , and addicted to shabu

Patient who entered rehab reported shabu and marijuana as the primary drugs that they abused:

Patient who entered rehab reported shabu and marijuana as the primary drugs that they abused

CONCLUSION:

CONCLUSION As the momentum of the current drug war increase, lets all keep in mind why we are doing it in the first place : to reduce the prevalence of drug use. There are two primary ways of doing it by reducing drug supply or reducing drug demand. But at a more fundamental level, even before we decide which strategy is better, it will do well for everyone to step back and contemplate first the current nature and extent of drug use using all available information.

Policymaking around the world is becoming increasingly evidence –based. The same should apply to the country’s current drug policy. Here’s hoping that the statistics on drug use play a more prominent role in future discussions and evaluations of the intensifying drug war.:

Policymaking around the world is becoming increasingly evidence –based. The same should apply to the country’s current drug policy. Here’s hoping that the statistics on drug use play a more prominent role in future discussions and evaluations of the intensifying drug war.

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